Forwarded from our mail server to my e-mail inbox tonight was a quote from science fiction author Frank Herbert: “The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.” It seemed somewhat random but apparently not spam or a response
Month: September 2008
There is a proverb from the continent of Africa, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.” I was reminded of it this week. Companies eager to implement lean manufacturing quickly will put the best and brightest minds on the project.
I believe René Descartes may have gotten it backwards when he said, in Latin, “Cogito, ergo sum.” When translated this famous saying means “I think, therefore I am.” I contend he should have said, “I am, therefore I think.” Now, before the Philosophy police come for me allow me to
Fifteen years to the week since stepping into the stormy presence of Nakao sensei, one of Taiichi Ohno’s students who know goes by the curiously alcoholic moniker of FOM – Father of Moonshine – I am still learning about lean manufacturing. 1. People think they have done 5S Most who
I just skimmed through a short white paper that attempted to provide a checklist to help an organization decide if they were ready for lean. It was written by a person who works for a “human capital management solutions” company. Yeah, you can probably guess where I’m headed. Rather than
How do we measure the productivity of knowledge workers? One can feel the creative juices ebbing away just thinking about this question. So we’ll skip Part 2 and go directly to Part 3. Why not measure knowledge worker productivity by the amount, volume and frequency of laughter? If you laughed
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Some of the most popular so-called lean manufacturing tools (some of which are actually systems, others which are disciplines, yet others which are in fact policies) can be reduced to one word: respect. This is staggering when you think about it, and makes you wonder at the subtle genius of
There is a lot written about creativity. What is it? How can we develop it? Can it be measured and managed? An increasing amount of discussion in the business community is directed towards the topic of creativity. Many a blogger or speaker package common sense under some combination of productivity
Here’s a question for you. Is the mission control center of your organization centered on a set of dashboards or balanced scorecards? In other words, when a crisis is about to hit (or has already hit) how do you react? Do you run to the dashboard to see what’s happening?