Month: October 2008

Total 25 Posts

Asking for Change

Today we are joining over 11,000 people all across the world in writing about poverty as part of something called Blog Action Day 2008. The aim is to raise awareness, initiate action and to make a positive change in the are of poverty. One definition of poverty is to live

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The Cowboy Hat

This post is my contribution to Blog Action Day, joining thousands of other bloggers to write about one topic for a single day. This year’s topic is poverty. Finally, this post is deeply personal and not related to lean or six sigma in any way. I’ll never forget the day

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Don’t Forget about Marketing!

Guest Post by Jason Stokes As practitioners of lean, we’re all in favor of using this powerful methodology to ensure we efficiently manufacture to customer demand while increasing throughput at the lowest possible cost. However, often times it seems we only focus on half the equation – filling the demand

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The Deadly Sin of Perfectionism

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison When it comes to my work I probably land more towards the perfectionist side of the spectrum. Of course I’m far from perfect… but I still try to be. Oddly enough, the more I reflect

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Winners of Lean Hospital Books

Many thanks to everyone who commented and contributed to the conversation this week about lean healthcare through the Q&A series with Mark Graban, author of Lean Hospitals. I hope soon others will publish similar books on lean government, lean applied to K-12 education and other examples of continuous improvement applied

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4 Easy Ways to Learn New Things

I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. ~Abraham Lincoln I’m severely addicted to learning new things. I haven’t always been like this. As a young boy school stressed me out. This probably explains why it hasn’t been until the last 5

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