All posts tagged "Kaizen"

  • Henry Ford: America’s First Lean Champion
    Henry Ford: America’s First Lean Champion

    "The ordinary way of doing business is not the best way." This statement gets right at the heart of the kind of thinking that drove the success of Ford Motor Company in the early part of the...

    • Posted June 19, 2018
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  • The Value of Thinking like a Toddler
    The Value of Thinking Like a Toddler

    Continually experimenting. Challenging the status quo with "whys." Pushing limits. It’s these behaviors that have made Lean a force that is transforming the way work is done, a force that is driving very significant improvements in productivity,...

    • Posted June 14, 2016
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  • Beauty and Power of Continuous Improvement
    The Beauty and Power of Continuous Improvement

    The future belongs to those organization for whom continuous improvement—Kaizen Thinking—has become an integral component of their DNA. Kaizen Thinking drives a major shift in the way an organization’s employees think about change. As they experience success...

    • Posted April 5, 2016
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  • That Damn Forklift Driver
    That Damn Forklift Driver

    The solution is incredibly obvious. Incredibly simple. Why didn’t he come up with this idea months ago? It's because he had been taught to be a passive participant, not an active, engaged, problem solver. Lean management changes...

    • Posted September 29, 2015
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  • The Incredible Power of “Thank you”
    The Incredible Power of “What do you think?” and “Thank you”

    Two of the most consistent comments I hear when I talk with line workers in manufacturing plants are “Why didn’t they ask us what we think?” and “It’d sure be nice to hear ‘thank you’ sometimes.” I’ve...

    • Posted September 2, 2015
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  • Success Can Be A Dangerous Thing
    Success Can Be A Dangerous Thing

    Kaizen Thinking is all about being intensely focused on continuous improvement. It’s about being very dissatisfied with the status quo. It’s about knowing that continued success in the marketplace belongs to the agile. It’s also about believing...

    • Posted July 29, 2015
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  • Steve Jobs: Lean Practitioner
    Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, Taiichi Ohno: Lean Practitioners

    Lean, at its heart, is based on the power of simplicity. The force that drives Lean is a simple and powerful process called Kaizen thinking. Kaizen thinking leads to an intense focus on work processes, especially on...

    • Posted April 21, 2015
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  • Lean Idea Board in Action
    Got Ideas? They Make For Great Return on Investment

    Good ideas from employees are turning into great return on investments. Use the powerful impact of Kaizen thinking and the elegantly simple power of the Idea Board to drive significant return on investment.

    • Posted June 19, 2014
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  • Culture Before Tools at Raven Industries
    Culture Before Tools @ Raven Industries

    “Our approach is to create a Lean culture by exposing all employees to the Lean concepts and thought processes. We are aware that the majority of companies fail to sustain Lean after a successful implementation. This is...

    • Posted February 26, 2014
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  • The False Allure of Complexity
    Lean: The Power of Simplicity

    The thinking process that Lean builds, Kaizen thinking, is a simple process. It is also an incredibly powerful process. It transforms those who practice it into expert waste spotters who engage in tenacious searches for all forms...

    • Posted December 3, 2013
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