Month: November 2006

Total 20 Posts

Top 5 Things I Learned in China Last Week

Here are the top five things learned after a productive week in China: 1. You can’t overstate the value of respecting another’s culture I gave my rudimentary Chinese a workout this time and the results were interesting. Doors opened more smoothly. Services were rendered more quickly. Smiles appeared on the

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Believing You Can Get Lean Makes You Leaner

If Lean for Toyota is “kaizen and respect for people” we need to spend some time understanding what makes people work as well as what makes kaizen work. To that end, there are some very interesting findings at the Psychology Matters website. The results of the research on a group

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Kaizen vs. Kaikaku

While kaizen has been in the English language management vocabulary for a couple of decades, kaikaku is a relative newcomer. Kaizen in its various forms has been very common among Japanese companies for a long-time, kaikaku has been less common. Kaikaku, or specifically transforming the operational model towards the Toyota

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