I’m confident that I’ve found the secret to living a happy life. I’m serious. I really do think I’ve figured it out. You see, I know many people who are unhappy since they spend most of their lives at jobs they don’t like. These people get that empty feeling in the
Month: April 2011
Among the side benefits of international travel are meeting interesting new people, learning about the local culture and running into ambiguous visual controls. Jet lag slows the brain and renders it unable to quickly find meaning in ambiguous visual controls, demanding clear simple signals instead. Yesterday I saw the visual
I just got off the phone with a gentleman struggling to apply lean concepts in his workplace. This person — let’s call him Jeff — works in a distribution environment meaning he doesn’t produce widgets for a living. One of the lean concepts Jeff was struggling with was value stream mapping.
In a March 28, 2011 article in Nikkei Business magazine Dr. Fumikatsu Tokiwa, the former Chairman of Japanese cosmetics giant Kao Corporation, gave his views on principles that should guide the recovery of Japanese industry in the aftermath of the recent natural disasters. There are six principles and while these
Many of us have read the words of Taiichi Ohno and learned from his teachings. Relatively few of us have heard his voice and even fewer have met him directly. I unearthed a gem during one of my recent efforts to organize my work, and I and want to share
Total Flow Management: Achieving Excellence with Kaizen and Lean Supply Chains was published in early 2009 but has been distributed only within Kaizen Institute and its customers. Now this book is available to all and will surely join become a classic on the practical application of Toyota Production System principles
A few months ago I wrote about my experiences coaching my daughter’s U7 soccer team. Specifically, I shared how lots of practice and hard work resulted in our girls winning their indoor league championship. Well, I’m very excited to announce that these same girls successfully defended their crown this past weekend