Month: December 2018

Total 10 Posts

Small Improvements Instead of Resolutions for the New Year

We’re closing in on the new year, a time when big ideas about improving our lives come to mind.  It’s common knowledge that new year’s resolutions typically abandoned by Valentine’s Day.  Taking on too much–too grand a resolution–is too big a mountain to climb. Don’t Make a Resolution Resolving to

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GA 246 | How to Admit When You’re Struggling with Gary Peterson

This week’s guest is Gary Peterson. Gary talked about his company O.C. Tanner’s lean journey, and shared some vulnerable anecdotes about failure, asking for help, and owning up to your mistakes.  An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that

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Who do you want to be?

A few weeks ago, in episode 239 of the podcast, I mentioned I was reading (actually listening) to the book Atomic Habits by James Clear.  I finished listening to it.  It was good.  Real good.  So good I bought a hard copy and am now reading it along with some

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Respect for “Respect for Human Nature”

There are three main perspectives on the lean thinking pillar of respect for people. First, respect for people means that all stakeholders deserve respect. A business does not prosper long-term focusing only on a few of them while ignoring others. Shareholders demand returns on their investment. Customers and suppliers continue

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Avoid the Arbitrary Constraints of Time

It’s that time of the year again when many people ask “where did the year go?” and furiously try to wrap up projects, crank out potentially unnecessary production, create plans and budgets for next year, and perhaps start reflecting on the past twelve months.  Why?  What is so special about

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What Does it Mean to Measure Twice, Cut Once?

Last week I was appreciating some of our old podcasts and video interviews with lean practitioners. Our interviewer Ron Pereira always likes to ask a series of short, rapid-fire questions. One of my favorites is, “What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?” Not only are the pieces

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