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.
  • Lean and the Joy of Work
    Lean and the Joy of Work

    This absolutely delightful thing called joy is so often foreign to our workplaces. I’ve been in far too many organizations where workers are angry, fearful, unhappy, drained of energy. You can see it in their eyes, the...

    • Posted September 23, 2020
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  • Focus is Everything
    Focus is Everything

    Employee disengagement, and a lack of focus, hurts your organization. This lack of focus is also hurting your workers on a personal level. Here are five actions to take to help workers every day and especially during...

    • Posted September 9, 2020
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  • People and Stories Drive Change
    People and Stories Drive Change – Charts, Graphs, and Statistics Don’t

    Leverage the power of the personal and the power of stories to recognize employees for their intelligence and creativity and motivate them to think about ways to improve their own work processes.

    • Posted August 18, 2020
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  • Eliminating Waste in Changeovers
    A Major Profit-Builder: Eliminating Waste in Changeovers

    In today’s hyper-competitive market place, all manufacturers face the challenge of making more products at less cost and higher quality. One of the two major barriers to meeting these twin challenges are non-standardized work processes bloated with...

    • Posted July 14, 2020
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  • Reward, Recognition, and COVID-19
    Reward, Recognition, and COVID-19

    Let's be candid. There exists in all of our minds, during these tumultuous times, various types of fear. These fears sap our energy, our creativity, and our ability to stay focused on the work we are doing....

    • Posted June 9, 2020
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  • Respect, Trust, Candor and the Coronavirus
    Respect, Trust, Candor and the Coronavirus

    In these very perilous and challenging times, with companies and jobs on the line, managing and leading with respect, trust, and candor makes the difference in showing what you and your company truly value.

    • Posted March 26, 2020
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  • Employee shares ideas for business improvement with coworkers.
    A Simple Tool That Helps Every Employee Feel Heard

    Does your workforce confidently recognize that their voice is important to your company’s success? Learn a simple three-step technique that helps your employees feel heard.

    • Posted January 29, 2020
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  • Businesspeople meeting in a conference room
    Challenge the Status Quo to Achieve Continuous Improvement

    Continuous improvement happens in organizations that constantly challenge the status quo and learn from all employees.

    • Posted December 18, 2019
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  • 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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