Month: August 2010

Total 18 Posts

Seven Success Secrets of Small Teams

Photo credit: Anoopkn, Wikimedia Commons American football coaching legend Vince Lombardi said: Build for your team a sense of oneness, of dependence on another and of strength derived from unity. United we stand. Divided we fall. Or so we are told. If we’re all too united the only reason we

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Management Improvement Carnival #106

The Management Improvement Carnival is a roundup of recent articles of interest on that subject. John Hunter has invited me to host Carnival #106. Read all past episodes here at the Curious Cat blog. I’ve not been able to enjoy certain of my favorite writers because several blogging platforms are

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How to Motivate Front Line Workers

We are often asked the million dollar question, “How do we motivate the front line workers?” This is a high value question because people are any organization’s greatest yet often worst utilized asset. Understanding how to practically tap into people’s infinite creativity, energy and passion is the Philosopher’s Stone wrapped

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Wrong on So Many Levels

Even as Apple’s stock price rises thanks to their star products and skill at supply chain cost control, chief supplier Foxconn Installs Antijumping Nets at Hebei Plants. Anti-jumping nets? Having built safety nets along its employee dormitories after a series of jumping suicides at its Shenzhen production plant, Taiwanese electronics

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5S or 6S… which should it be?

I was recently asked the following question by a continuous improvement practitioner: “Should we make safety the 6th S, thus calling it 6S instead of 5S?” I offered my two cents but rather than sharing my thoughts at this time I am more interested in what you think. So, two

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Quadrillions of Dollars in Savings?

Here’s a very encouraging article about using GE’s continuous improvement expertise, specifically the Energy Treasure Hunt, to reduce wasted resource, environmental impact and cost: GE and EDF Partner on “Treasure Hunts” to Improve Energy Efficiency GE is partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund to offer these energy treasure hunts free

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Gettin’ Jiggy With It

I’ve been doing a tremendous amount of classroom training the last few weeks. To be more precise, over the last 14 days I’ve taught more than 40 people everything from hypothesis testing to the different types of pull systems used during lean implementations. The students have been fabulous and a true

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