Jon Miller

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Extremely Long-Cycle Standard Work

The benefit of standard work, and good standards in general, is that it frees us to from having to figure out or to remember how to do things correctly. Good standards help us quickly distinguish between normal conditions and abnormal conditions. When we learn and follow standard work to the

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Respect and Gratitude to the Base of the Pyramid

One of the most important geometric shapes in lean management is the inverted triangle. Pyramids are commonly used to represent an organization chart. The boss is at the tip of the pyramid, with senior leaders immediately below, and the rank-and-file following. The wide base represents the frontline workers who have

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Five Reasons Why It’s Hard to Stay Lean

Many organizations find that they don’t always sustain the gain they make from continuous improvement activity. Over the long-term, this is one of the greatest challenges to keeping management committed to building a Lean culture. It’s not hard to make quick gains with Lean. But it is hard to stay

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How Mindfulness Practices Enable Lean Culture

The popularity of mindfulness has spread beyond self-help and personal wellness. Many organizations in fields such as business, healthcare and government are providing their leaders with mindfulness education and practices. The claimed benefits of these practices include calmness, open-mindedness, improved memory, focus, better decision-making and the ability to cope with

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