Month: March 2010

Total 17 Posts

I Presently Struggle With

One of my favorite quotes from the P90X training videos goes like this. “If you can eliminate the mindset that ‘I can’t. I can’t do pull ups.’ Forget I can’t – say ‘I presently struggle with’ and if you keep that mindset then over the course of time, someone who’s

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How to Scold Like a Kaizen Sensei

There must be people at Toyota waking up in a cold sweat these days from dreams in which they are being scolded by Taiichi Ohno, furious at the massive vehicle recalls caused ostensibly by the pursuit of scale and volume production at the expense of quality. At least I sincerely

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10,999,950 More Reasons to Think “Yes We Can”

Sooner or later everyone involved in leading change faces naysayers and passive resisters. With the power of their minds these people add friction to the PDCA improvement cycle, noise in the signal of root cause analysis, and turbulence to the laminar flow of creative ideas. One of the guiding principles

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There is No Such Thing as Sustainability

One of the finds during my ongoing spring cleaning at the Gemba office was an article with quotes by outdoor clothing and equipment company Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, with references to his book Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman. I read this story of both

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Kaizen Song: Change Agents

This kaizen song is inspired by and dedicated to each of the men and women, young and old, with whom I have been fortunate to learn about what it takes to make change happen. Change Agents (to the music of Changes by David Bowie) I didn’t know just what I’d

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No Money in Muda!

We’re finishing up the final touches on a new course over at Gemba Academy called “Lean Lingo Explained.” In this course Brad Schmidt, the managing partner of Gemba Japan, explains what several lean terms mean in great detail. Muda Explained One of the words Brad covers is muda.  Most of

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Run is to Milk as Spider is to…

A pair of questions about lean logistics over the past few weeks prompted this post. Santosh from India asked “what is the milk run method?” The Milk Run The milk run is an example of time-fixed, quantity variable replenishment of materials. This means that delivery is based on a timed

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