All posts tagged "Lean Culture"

  • Which is it? We or they?
    Which is it? We or they?

    If a desire to do quality work isn’t an integral component of what a worker thinks and feels, quality work won’t happen. Pride in work is the foundation of quality work. What are the actions that a...

    • Posted July 19, 2017
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  • Transforming Success into Failure
    Transforming Success into Failure

    What causes false starts with the tools of Lean manufacturing? Experience has taught me that there are three common causes.

    • Posted June 28, 2017
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  • Is it “Our Company” or “Their Company”?
    Is it “Our Company” or “Their Company”?

    One of the first things I listen for when working with a new client is how their employees refer to the company for which they work. If they refer to it as “our company,” that tells me...

    • Posted January 24, 2017
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  • Do You Value Your Employees?
    Do You Value Your Employees?

    Should all companies value the knowledge and creativity of their line workers? Absolutely. Do employees need to know this? Absolutely. And when this happens, what will the outcome be? Work processes will continuously improve, driving significant gains...

    • Posted January 11, 2017
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  • Make Every Employee An Owner
    Make Every Employee An Owner

    When an organization’s leadership team sets in motion processes that trigger and sustain line worker involvement in process improvements, when managers interact with employees on the line, and when supervisors see their primary function as being catalysts,...

    • Posted March 29, 2016
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  • Lean for Leaders is an Antidote for Failure
    Lean for Leaders is an Antidote for Failure

    When a leadership team “Walks the Lean Walk” great things happen. When they only “Talk Lean”, nothing happens. And Lean fails. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Lean for Leaders is an antidote for failure.

    • Posted March 9, 2016
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  • Did you hear that our plant’s closing?
    Did you hear that our plant’s closing?

    What happens when a management team doesn't share information with line workers? Human beings always try to fill information voids. If we don’t have access to relevant information, these voids tend to be filled with bad news....

    • Posted January 5, 2016
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  • He’s interested in his job
    Stay away from that guy! He’s interested in his job.

    It’s not logic that destroys employee engagement in work processes. It’s stories, developed over time, about the company and, specifically, about what the company thinks about line workers. They tell what types of behavior are acceptable and...

    • Posted December 3, 2015
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  • On Cowboys and Pit Crew Members
    On Cowboys and Pit Crew Members

    “Cowboys” are employees who believe that their way is the best way and “pit crew members” are employees who believe that the best way to do something comes as a result of collaborative thinking with others. It...

    • Posted September 9, 2015
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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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