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
Month: March 2011
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
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.
Here is part 1 (of 7) of Gemba Academy’s Leader Standard Work course. If you’re reading this via email or RSS reader you’ll likely need to click through to the website in order to watch the video.
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
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
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
Are you struggling to be productive today? We’ve all been there. Here are 10 tips that, if implemented, will give you an instant boost! And be sure to check out the related posts below this one for additional ideas. Work your emails down to 0 in your inbox. Having 210 read and 38
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
Gemba Academy, in collaboration with the Kaizen Institute and Qualis Health, is proud to announce a free seminar focused on Using 3P to Support Healthcare Facility Design in Seattle, Washington on March 17, 2011. Please see the attached flier for all the details. Agenda What is 3P? 7 Wastes and how