Month: November 2008

Total 19 Posts

Pyramid Inspire our Lean Transformations

It’s not every day that the commute to the shop floor takes you past one of these. What the ancients knew in building pyramids, we can learn from and be inspired by them when undergoing lean transformations and when making major changes to how we live and how we do

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Goat Karma: Today's Most Unexpected Thing

An artists rendition of goats crossing the highway over a sky bridge: Didn’t have a camera, unfortunately. The funny thing about bridges is that if you build them, people will tend to cross them, once they have the need to get to the other side. This is less true at

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The Future of Kaizen at Toyota is Epic

Despite is vaunted Toyota Production System, culture of kaizen and a line up of fuel-efficient vehicles Toyota Motors is being hit hard by the crisis affecting the automotive manufacturers. In addition to slowing demand due to high gasoline prices and a weakening economy, the strong yen has particularly hurt Toyota.

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LSS Academy Job Postings #1

Given the state of the economy finding and keeping new jobs isn’t always easy. Further, finding a recruiter (aka headhunter) you can trust isn’t always easy. Well, luckily, I met my friend Frank Laux several years ago at church. Frank is an amazing person that has mentored me and helped

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How Do You Measure Success?

I recently received the following question from Petri, a reader of LSS Academy. The issue I wanted to contact you about was if LSSA has ever done work on measuring lean success? I am not sure if there are any tools which are used in this area, or if “Lean

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Workforce Training is Not a Quality Management System

There are many reasons to love the Boeing Company. They are a pillar of the community, a significant local employer, an innovator in bringing lean to the aircraft industry as well as to local non-profits, and they enable global consulting and training businesses like ours through the safe and reliable

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Management Improvement Carnival #46

I have the honor of hosting the 46th edition of the management improvement carnival.  So without further delay here are some of my favorite articles from the past few weeks. Kevin Meyer, of Evolving Excellence fame, recently traveled to Japan and was kind enough to write up some amazing summaries

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7 Leadership Lessons from a Mountain Goat

What can we learn from a mountain goat? You can learn something useful from practically any picture, scene or situation if you are observant. Here are seven leadership lessons from a mountain goat. 1. Stay fit. These 200 lb beasts sure need to stay in shape to be able to

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