Month: January 2018

Total 11 Posts

The Seven Losses of High IQ Leadership

Given a choice between a leader who is dumb and a leader who is smart, most of us would choose the smart one. A smart leader will be able to draw on more knowledge, make better decisions, and find solutions to the group’s more difficult challenges. What if we had

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Big Decisions Don’t Lead to Results

The Big Idea January’s the month for resolutions–big decisions to make significant changes in one’s life.  Celebration of the new year offers a sense of renewal and opportunity for change.  While the month of January is often the time for resolutions to do good things, it’s also the month of

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GA 199 | How to Understand Your Current Condition with Drew Locher

This week’s guest is Drew Locher. Drew explained a huge issue in continuous improvement…rushing into countermeasures before taking the time to investigate and understand the current condition. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Drew’s background (1:31) The article Drew wrote

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Taoism, Lean Thinking and Respect for Humanity

I’ve written before on the parallels between Taoism and TPS a.k.a. lean thinking. It is not surprising that we find influences from so-called Eastern philosophies, as Taiichi Ohno and the others framers the Toyota Way were were from that culture. Taoism is evident within TPS in how work is organized.

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GA 198 | How to Start and Fund Your Lean Journey with Ron Pereira

This week we’re sharing our first two Gemba Talk episodes, a new video series available without a subscription. Specifically, Ron explains what it takes to both start and fund a lean journey. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Where to

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The Value of Muda

I found some wisdom in a surprising place, on the theme of lean thinking, learning, value, and muda. Ichiro Suzuki is a very successful professional baseball player who at age 44 has played the game for 25 years and intends to play into his 50s if allowed. He made some

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Lessons from Perfecting the Pour Over

For years my wife and I had been fans of our Keurig.  Pop in a pod and in a minute you had a decent cup of coffee.  Simple, clean, and seemingly “lean” since the process was optimized with very little waste.  That changed when The Atlantic published an article in

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GA 197 | How to Use Continuous Improvement in Untraditional Settings with Veronica Silva

This week’s guest is Veronica Silva. Veronica shared some great stories of how she’s used continuous improvement in all different kinds of settings, including bartending and banking. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Veronica’s background (1:44) Veronica’s training days (3:41)

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How to Win at New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year when we reflect back on the prior 12 months, look ahead to the next 12 and set personal priorities. I’ve heard that by February, 80% of New Year’s resolutions are on their way to failure. This has not been my personal experience. Year to year,

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The Secret to Your Success in 2018

Did you make a New Year’s resolution?  Come clean.  Did you?  If so, I’m sad to say, you’re probably going to fail.  In fact, University of Scranton research suggests that just 9% of people achieve their New Year’s goals. Sure, these folks probably didn’t make SMART goals meaning they were

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