Kevin Meyer

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The Wisdom of Humility

Lately I’ve been reflecting 0n the impact of mistakes on leadership, and how important humility becomes to learning from those mistakes.  An article in The Washington Post this week describing the humility of Dr. James Peebles, who just won the Nobel Prize for physics, was a nice book end to the

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Oh, the Mistakes I’ve Made…

Lately we’ve witnessed what happens when leaders don’t have the emotional intelligence to admit to even the smallest and most originally inconsequential mistakes.  This has caused me to reflect on some of mine over the past few decades.  I won’t bore or entertain you with some of the personal doozies

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The Divergent Paths of Old Lean Dudes

I’ve been immersed in the lean world for over a quarter century.  From the start when some folks from the Association for Manufacturing Excellence showed me how quick changeover could save my injection molding operation (and probably my job) from imminent destruction, to now when I can share my own

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Creating Range Through Exploration

Last weekend I powered through David Epstein’s new book, Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. The book has received rave reviews from the likes of Daniel Pink, who calls it “an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance.”  Through numerous stories and data,

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The Problem of Profit as a Purpose

Just yesterday the Harvard Business Review presented an article by a London Business School professor suggesting that companies don’t always need a purpose beyond profit. I had to take a walk on the beach to get my blood pressure back to normal. He starts off by lamenting that his school

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Resources for Personal Lean Leadership

Lean, and continuous improvement in general, isn’t just for the professional world. The tools and concepts can also be used to clean your garage (5S), organize your pantry (kanban), set direction (hoshin), or reduce the time it takes to make toast in the morning (seven wastes and quick changeover). But,

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The Limits of Learning From Failure

Experienced leaders know that failure is not necessarily a negative, and can lead to both individual and organizational learning.  We try to embrace failure and create a culture where appropriate failure is accepted as long as it’s learned from, giving our team members the space and support to fail.  That

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