All posts by George Friesen

About George Friesen

George Friesen serves as Business Practice Leader - Lean Manufacturing for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. He has led the College's Lean business practice area since 2000. Prior to joining the College, George worked for Maritz Performance Improvement Company. Over the past 35 years, he has served a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies, specializing during the past eleven years in Lean Manufacturing, focusing especially on the 5S System, Lean leadership and thinking processes, Value Stream Mapping, and Lean team building. George is a graduate of Washington University (AB), Webster University (MA), and United States Air Force Flight Training.
  • Frustrated businessman on the phone at his desk in a warehouse
    The Incredible Value of Failure in the Workplace

    Failure in the workplace is inevitable. How a company embraces its problems can make all the difference.

    • Posted October 10, 2019
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  • Supplier and manufacturer working together
    Should You Care If Your Suppliers Are Making Money?

    One integrated value stream benefits suppliers, manufacturers and customers alike.

    • Posted August 28, 2019
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  • Employee happiness matters
    Why Does Employee Happiness Matter?

    Why does employee happiness lead to a more productive, profitable workforce and a healthier community?

    • Posted July 24, 2019
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  • Employee reward and recognition
    The Vital Role Reward and Recognition Plays in Continuous Improvement

    Good employee reward and recognition practices create a culture of continuous improvement. Read to learn more.

    • Posted June 27, 2019
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  • Two Key Forces That Drive Employee Engagement
    Two Key Forces That Drive Employee Engagement

    Two primary forces drive employee engagement as demonstrated by the committed, productive workforces of these two companies. Read the article to learn more.

    • Posted May 14, 2019
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  • Barriers to a Lean Transformation
    Barriers to a Lean Transformation

    What drives the disparity between Lean’s ability to drive incredible improvements – product quality, productivity, and profitability – and its failure to deliver?

    • Posted April 16, 2019
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  • Being in Control
    Being in Control

    Nobody wants to be treated like a machine. Too many workers are. Discover five simple steps that, put easily into action, release workforce knowledge and creativity.

    • Posted March 12, 2019
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  • Cowboys and Teamwork
    Cowboys and Teamwork

    Could rugged individualism and “I’ll do it my way” mentality be limiting your team’s growth? It’s time to move beyond the cowboy myth and re-tune toward group success. Learn the markers of “cowboy-think” and ways to shift...

    • Posted February 20, 2019
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  • And Why Should I Care?
    And Why Should I Care?

    Because when a group is cohesive, filled with individuals who care about each other, who trust and respect each other, beautiful things happen. No person is an island. The path to your company's success follows shared goals;...

    • Posted January 29, 2019
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  • Good Team Members are Like Swiss Army Knives
    Good Team Members are Like Swiss Army Knives

    How would you describe a good team member? Most responses described characteristics like cooperative, reliable, honest, friendly, knows how to communicate.” And then there was Ted. His response to my question was unique. He thought for a...

    • Posted January 9, 2019
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