Total 101 Posts

100th Post!

Tonight was my 100th post since starting LSS Academy in January of this year. So as I sip on some cheap Sutter Home White Zinfandel wine (California 2003) and reflect on the past few months I would just like to say thanks to all of you that stop by from

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Is Six Sigma Dying?

I have often struggled with Dr. Deming’s 10th point of his 14 point management philosophy. It reads, “Eliminate slogans, exhortations, and targets for the work force asking for zero defects and new levels of productivity. Such exhortations only create adversarial relationships, as the bulk of the causes of low quality

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Dumbing Down Six Sigma

I recently came across an interesting article written by Mark Kiemele, co-founder and president of Air Academy Associates. In the article Mr. Kiemele discusses how Six Sigma could die a slow death or remain around for many years to come. Check it out by clicking here.

The Exceptional Presenter

(Written this past Friday) Hello from 28,000 feet up in the air. I am flying back home after an awesome week of training a room full of Six Sigma students. I got to the airport a little early and ended up staring down a book shelf in one of the

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Bad Management

After submitting my post last night I wondered if my overly optimistic attitude was unrealistic. Only one person has commented on the post and this person seemed to think I was off my rocker a bit. I also got to thinking of the recent post over at Evolving Excellence about

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Complainers Wear Me Out

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people constantly complain about how management or some authoritative body (i.e. government official, church leader, etc.) is doing them wrong. These people, you likely know a few, usually complain about things such as management doesn’t support me, they don’t listen to my

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Graphs 101 – By Seth Godin

My good friend Seth Godin, OK so he doesn’t know I exist but I digress, recently took note of his Google History data. He said the data shows he does a lot more searching on Tuesday. He went on to say that this was completely coincidence. He wrote: “Your brain

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Narrowing the list with n/3

Rob over at 63 Buckets recently had an excellent post where he discussed the nominal group technique. This brought to mind a neat trick that can be used to help a team take a large list of ideas and scope them down into a more manageable range. This technique is

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Neural Linguistic Programming

An interesting field of study I have briefly researched (i.e. read a few books but no formal training) is Neural Linguistics Programming (NLP). I am by no means an expert in NLP and am not promoting it here.  There are parts of NLP that do seem a bit odd and

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Lean Landscaping

  Some people say mixing Lean and Six Sigma with your home life is wrong. I couldn’t disagree more. I mean come on… are we supposed to just stop trying to make things better after leaving the plant? That makes no sense to me at all. So let me share

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