Month: July 2008

Total 21 Posts

The 5W1H of 5 Why

There is a wise saying that “Knowledge means nothing without wisdom to profit by it.” It’s not who we are, who we know or what we know, it’s what we do with that knowledge. We all have tremendous power to do good or ill depending on how we put our

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It’s a Girl!

“Children too are a gift from the LORD, the fruit of the womb, a reward.” ~Psalm 127:3 Yesterday my family was blessed with the arrival of our 4th child, a baby girl. While the births of all my children have been amazing, this one was extra special since we decided

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Should we Keep to the Middle?

Here’s a list of principles worthy of our attention as we start the week. Carefully observe oneself and one’s situation, carefully observe others, and carefully observe one’s environment. Seize the initiative in whatever you undertake. Consider fully, act decisively. Know when to stop. Keep to the middle. These are Jigoro

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Laying the Foundation: Part 2

Tonight we’ll wrap up our series on how to lay down a strong foundation such that your continuous improvement initiatives not only survive… but flourish. In part 1 of the series we talked about creating tension, ensuring our efforts are a means to an end, and genchi genbutsu. If you

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Laying the Foundation: Part 1

Tonight, I’d like to share some tips for how we might all go about laying down a rock solid foundation in an effort to ensure our continuous improvement bear real fruit. The most obvious foundational tip I can offer is to respect people – employees, customers, competitors, etc. But since

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Planting Seeds

What can we learn about continuous improvement from the person Christian’s call the King of King’s, Lord of Lord’s, and The Great I AM?  Lots.  Let’s start in the book of Matthew. And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as

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