Month: August 2006

Total 22 Posts

Ouch! Change Hurts

There’s an interesting article titled The Neuroscience of Leadership in Strategy+Business magazine. Thanks to Kathleen Fasanella for spotting and writing about it on her Fashion Incubator blog. The article has a tempting tagline Breakthroughs in brain research explain how to make organizational transformation succeed. Surprisingly, no exclamation marks. What follows

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Lean Blog Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Liker

Visit the Lean Blog to hear Mark Graban’s podcast interview of Dr. Jeffrey Liker, author of The Toyota Way and Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineerring at the University of Michigan. Find out answers to pressing Lean manufacturing questions such as: “Do you sometimes have to drag senior management out

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What is Jishuken?

For people who have worked at Toyota or companies strongly influenced by Toyota, the term “kaizen” is used more in the general sense, closer to philosophy than activity. The term jishuken is used to describe the intentional, workplace-focused activity we call gemba kaizen. There is an important difference in nuance

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E-mail 5S

A Wall Street Journal article today says How You Handle Your E-mail Inbox Says A Lot About You. The article identifies that e-mail is overwhelming people. There is an example of one person who was stressed out by 500 e-mails in their inbox, another who had 10,000 e-mails in their

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The Kaizen Turnaround Kings at Danaher

If the U.S.A. needed a poster-child for kaizen and Lean manufacturing success, $20 billion industrial holding company Danaher Corporation would be a good candidate. As this Investor’s Business Daily article details, they have been growing steadily over the last decade through a combination of acquisitions and organic growth, and they

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