Month: August 2009

Total 26 Posts

Complexity and Love Songs

My family and I recently took a much needed vacation. One of our stops was in Chicago where my wife and daughters attended my sister-in-law’s wedding shower. One of the party favors for the ladies that attended the wedding shower was a CD of love songs friends and family of

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Bad News from MIT for the PDCA Cycle?

According to research reported from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Picower Institute for Learning and Memory we don’t learn from our mistakes. Oh-ho. If this is true the whole scientific basis for kaizen is in trouble. Professor of neuroscience Earl K. Miller (no known relation) is quoted, “We have

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The Lean Energy Treasure Hunt

One of the most enjoyable and rewarding lean manufacturing improvement activities is the energy treasure hunt. The booty we claim on these energy treasure hunts include savings by shutting off motors or machines left running, replacing energy inefficient motors, replacing over-sized equipment, fixing leaking compressed air, reducing excessively pressurized air,

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Lean Thinker Interview with Former Toyota Quality Manager

We’ve recently added a new series of videos over at Gemba Academy called the “Lean Thinker Interviews.” During these interviews we’ll be talking to senior lean practitioners about their experiences and life lessons. For our first edition we’ve interviewed Chris Schrandt, a former Georgetown, Kentucky Toyota Quality Manager. Here is

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The Versatile Leader – Part 3

So far in this series we’ve discussed the directing and coaching leadership styles. In this article we’re going to move onto the last two leadership styles – encouraging and empowerment. The Encouraging Leadership Style The encouraging leadership style is similar to coaching but has a few unique characteristics. While coaching

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The Versatile Leader – Part 2

“That’s what I do now: I lead and I teach. If we win basketball games from doing that, then that’s great, but I lead and teach. Those are the two things I concentrate on.” -Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University In part 1 of this series we learned about the directing style

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