Month: March 2011

Total 12 Posts

Lean Leadership Lessons from Lantech (video)

Our friend Paul Akers from FastCap recently visited Lantech, a leading lean manufacturer of wrapping and packaging machines. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Lantech has become a benchmark company that often invites visitors to share in their learning. Paul Akers interviewed their President Jim Lancaster on video to capture the four

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How to Do Yokoten

A particular Japanese word has been on my mind a lot lately. Yokoten means “horizontal deployment” and refers to the practice of copying good results of kaizen in one area to other areas. Yokoten applies more broadly to copying product design ideas as well as better practices in general. “Best

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Leader Standard Work Overview Video

We have released the Leader Standard Work online training course at Gemba Academy. Currently there are seven modules in which Mike Wroblewski teaches how leaders at all levels can incorporate lean principles into their daily management in order to develop people, get the most from your team and deliver results.

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3 Ways to Help the People of Japan

If you haven’t already considered it… I’d encourage you to make a donation to help the people of Japan. There are many ways to help including the following 3 options. The Red Cross First, one of the easiest ways to help is through the Red Cross.  In the USA you

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Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game

A Harvard Business Review article titled The Gamer Disposition makes a case for the players of multi-player online games as good candidates within the dynamic and flexible modern organization. Specifically the authors John Seely Brown and Douglas Thomas list five qualities that make these gamers winners in today’s workplace. The

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Kaizen Song: So What

Who knew there were lyrics to this Miles Davis jazz standard from his classic Kind of Blue album. Here is the kaizen song version of these lyrics from So What. Put on the CD, lay down an A3, and sing along… So What (to the tune of So What by

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Insights from McKinsey Interview with Bombardier CEO Pierre Beaudoin

An interview in this month’s McKinsey Quarterly with Bombardier CEO Pierre Beaudoin shares the lessons learned during the transformation across the past decade. Titled “Flying people, not planes” the article explains how a hardware-focused, engineering-driven aerospace company became a more people-driven lean organization by tackling the thorny issue of company

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