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Midnight at the Gemba

In the late 1990s I was working in the Silicon Valley for a Fortune-50 medical device company, responsible for a drug infusion pump manufacturing operation.  I had just completed a crazy period where I had also “temporarily” (months and months…) led the advanced engineering department after that manager had transferred

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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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What is a Kamishibai?

Earlier this year I heard the term kamishibai (紙芝居) used in the context of the Toyota Production System for the first time from a Canadian former Toyota manager during a LEI seminar. At the time I thought it was a gratuitous use of a Japanese term for a visual management

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