Ron Pereira

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Learn, Grow, Share

I had the strangest dream last night.  I don’t normally remember my dreams… but I remember this one.  I was speaking to a man about continuous improvement.  I’m not sure who the man was… but in my dream I seemed to know him.  Anyhow, during our conversation the man told

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The Secret to Your Success in 2018

Did you make a New Year’s resolution?  Come clean.  Did you?  If so, I’m sad to say, you’re probably going to fail.  In fact, University of Scranton research suggests that just 9% of people achieve their New Year’s goals. Sure, these folks probably didn’t make SMART goals meaning they were

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Top 10 Gemba Academy Blog Articles in 2017

As another year winds down it’s always fun to reflect back on the year that was.  So, in this article, I want to look back on the top Gemba Academy blog articles from 2017.  Perhaps we’ll look at the top podcasts in another article. First up are the top ten

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The Dangers of Benchmarking Lean Exemplars

A common practice for folks getting started with lean is to benchmark lean exemplars in order to see what “good” looks like.  In fact, there are benchmarking tours to Japan where you can visit companies like Toyota.  I actually attended one of these trips many years ago and it was

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The SELF Journal

I, along with several of my Gemba Academy colleagues, have started to experiment with something called the SELF Journal. Upon first glance the SELF Journal looks like your normal day planner.  And it does a great job of helping you plan and manage your day.  But that’s not what drew

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Drive Out Fear

Drive out fear.  Dr. Deming told us this many years ago when he published his famous 14 Principles. Most of us have heard these words. Most of us probably think we understand these words. And, I bet, most “actively practicing” lean thinkers probably think they’re doing a decent job at

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Get the Facts

Without sounding overly dramatic I’m fairly certain my content development team and I are working on the most important Gemba Academy course we’ve ever produced. This new course will be focused on the Job Relations (JR) aspect of TWI (Training Within Industry).  As an aside, we’ve actually released some good JR

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When Opportunity & Job Instruction Meet

We’re just finishing up another awesome week of TWI Training here in the lovely state of Virginia. Specifically, we’re completing live Job Relations (JR) and Job Methods (JM) training with a room full of Gemba Academy students. We conducted the JR side of the training in the mornings and then

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