All posts by George Friesen

  • Use the Idea Board for Lean Manufacturing Success

    Nothing is more crucial to the success of Lean manufacturing than employee engagement. This short video contains interviews of employees at Hydromat and Edge Technologies, RugDoctor, and GSI Diversified talking about the ways in which the Idea...

    • Posted October 10, 2012
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  • Starting on the Road to Lean
    Making Lean Stick – Starting on the Road to Lean

    This is what you need to understand before starting on road to Lean.

    • Posted September 13, 2012
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  • Just What Makes Lean Stick?
    Making Lean Stick – Just What Makes Lean Stick?

    Studies conducted on the rate of Lean implementation failures suggest that it’s between 60 and 70%. It’s my firm conviction that it is far better to never start down the Lean journey than it is to begin...

    • Posted August 17, 2012
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  • The Core Beliefs of Lean
    Making Lean Stick – The Core Beliefs of Lean

    The people best qualified to improve work processes are the people who do the work. Learn the core beliefs at the heart of Lean and their operational implications.

    • Posted July 9, 2012
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  • The Lean Reciprocal Relationship
    Making Lean Stick – The Reciprocal Relationship

    Any organization that has begun the Lean journey knows that making Lean stick is not easy. Beyond making superficial changes in the work environment, which is relatively easy to do, making Lean really permeate the thinking and...

    • Posted June 21, 2012
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  • Achieving Long Term Lean Impact
    Making Lean Stick – Achieving Long Term Impact

    Throughout a wide variety of industries, ranging from manufacturing to healthcare, “Lean” is the topic of the day. Many organizations will attempt to implement Lean work processes. And many will fail. Lean simply won’t stick. Why is...

    • Posted June 11, 2012
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  • Lean Culture Change Program
    Making Lean Stick – Lean Culture Change Program

    “I really enjoyed the class. Your experience and knowledge of Lean really does come through in the class. You are an approachable expert which makes learning fun.” “I just wanted to let you know that I thought...

    • Posted May 21, 2012
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  • A Challenge, Opportunity and Response
    A Challenge, Opportunity & Response

    In today’s hypercompetitive marketplace, all companies face tremendous challenges in their drive toward increased profitability. And any company’s most valuable resource is the knowledge and creativity of its employees. We have solutions that drive employee engagement ranging...

    • Posted November 28, 2011
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  • Manufacturers Embrace Lean Leadership
    Manufacturers Embrace Lean Leadership

    The Lean Leadership Certification Program includes ten, two to six hour seminars, specifically targeted at ensuring that participating managers and supervisors significantly increase their ability to:

    • Posted October 11, 2011
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  • Employee Engagement Path to Increased Sales and Profitability
    Employee Engagement = Increased Sales & Profitability

    How typical are high degrees of employee engagement? They’re not typical at all. Only 21% of employees were fully engaged in their work and 38% were partially to fully disengaged. Companies with fully engaged employees are going...

    • Posted April 13, 2011
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