Kevin Meyer

Total 94 Posts

The Value of Friction and Inefficiency

Our professional lives are generally consumed by trying to make our processes more efficient to reduce waste and help increase the value we deliver to our customers.  Our personal lives are similarly consumed by trying to find time on our busy schedules to take care of chores, have meaningful time

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On Learning, Listening, and Wisdom

I’ve long felt that the single best indicator of leadership success, especially at the executive level, is whether the person is a voracious learner.  Bonus points if the person intentionally looks for opportunities to learn new knowledge outside of her or his traditional interests, and even more if the person

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Uncovering New Perspectives

We often talk about the importance of getting “out of the box” to supposedly free ourselves of bias and be better at making informed decisions and capitalize on new opportunities.  In reality, we often just barely ease ourselves out of the box and happily exist in the shadow cast by

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Neuroscience Reframes Aging

Exactly a year ago my wife and I were in Hawaii and I was trading emails back and forth with a few colleagues speculating on the impact of the virus on our businesses, conferences, and lives.  We returned to California the day before the state locked down.  Now, a year

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Humble Questions Before Setting Direction

I’ve long been a fan of Ed Schein, and his book Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling is one of my favorite leadership books.  I wrote about Schein several years ago and a colleague recently pointed me to a recent interview where he discusses the ramifications of humility on

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Norman Bodek and Respect for People

Yesterday I learned of the passing of Norman Bodek and I have been reflecting on the impact this great man had on my life and career – and the lean and business world in general. A quarter century ago I was a new operations manager trying to figure out how

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Time to Stop

As we approach the arbitrary end of the year, many organizations are beginning the planning cycle for next year.  Part of that process should be identifying what projects and activities should be stopped, for several reasons – performance, alignment with strategy, and so forth.  However, equally if not more important

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Infographic: 5 Best Practices for Online Learning

Gemba Academy’s latest infographic on “5 Best Practices for Online Learning” is now available!  The image is below, or you can download it on our Resources page.  The other infographics on Best Practices for Remote Teams and Key Components of Lean Daily Management are also available on that page.

The Stabilizing Foundation of Values

We’re living through some crazy times and dealing with issues that were not anticipated during planning sessions.  Every day we’re confronted with new information, new analyses of facts and opinions, creating new decisions that need to be made that can dramatically impact our lives.  The organizations, and individuals, that are

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