Kevin Meyer

Total 53 Posts

Learn by Preparing to Teach

Many studies have shown that one of the most effective ways to learn new material is not just to perform an activity with the new knowledge, but to teach it.  It’s the reason why several companies ask interview finalists for new positions to teach a small group about some topic

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Lessons from Perfecting the Pour Over

For years my wife and I had been fans of our Keurig.  Pop in a pod and in a minute you had a decent cup of coffee.  Simple, clean, and seemingly “lean” since the process was optimized with very little waste.  That changed when The Atlantic published an article in

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Preparing for Reflection

“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.” – John Dewey I’ve written before about how I’ve worked hard to develop a practice of reflection… daily, monthly, and annually.  In doing so I’ve become convinced it is one of the most effective tools of effective leaders. 

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The Multi-Faceted Power of Walking

Walking is man’s best medicine. – Hippocrates Walking has become a much larger part of my life over the past few years.  It started when I embraced kinhin – walking meditation.  Walking slowly on the beach for an hour or so, one step per breath, barefoot and silent to engage

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From Linear to Roundabout Thinking

Ever since I visited Italy over a decade ago my inner geek has had a fascination with traffic engineering.  If you’ve visited Italy, or many similar places, you probably know why.  Traffic appears chaotic, thanks in part to what appears at first glance to be a lack of signals and

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Monuments to the Lean Journey

Nearly two decades ago I had left the medical device industry to jump into telecom photonics equipment.  My team was responsible for the operations side of a facility that was a recently-acquired startup in the space, with a product that became so popular it created an almost immediate 12-18 month

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