Category: Lean

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Lean Management for the Day After Tomorrow

One of the criticisms of lean management is that it doesn’t address innovation. Lean practices build systems for delivering high quality services on-time to customers at lower costs. This is achieved through robust processes, daily management, continuous improvement and the development of people. But robust processes can feel like rigidity

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You’re Not the Hero

We continuous improvement practitioners have much to learn from the movie business. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the “storytelling formula” may be one of the most important things we lean thinkers can learn. Most good movies/books (think Lord of the Rings or Star Wars) follow

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GA 291 | Understanding Your Suppliers with Denise Meredith

This week’s guest is Denise Meredith. Ron and Denise discussed everything from working with suppliers, to casket manufacturing, to automation. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Denise (2:34) How Denise was introduced to continuous improvement

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10 Behaviors to Practice Respect for People

Last week I had the pleasure of facilitating a study mission for a group of leaders from a global manufacturer. We visited several companies. Each was two decades into their lean journey. The host companies were generous in sharing their insights. The participants on the study mission were exceptional in

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GA 289 | Combining TWI and Process Behavior Analysis with Panos Efsta

This week’s guest is Panos Efsta. Ron and Panos discussed how TWI and process behavior analysis can be integrated to create a powerful, holistic approach to continuous improvement. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Panos

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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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