All posts tagged "Lean Culture"

  • 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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  • Belief-Based Lean Transformations
    Belief-Based Lean Transformations

    A large percentage of attempts to successfully implement the very powerful tools of Lean manufacturing fail. There are three basic mistakes leadership teams make which cause Lean failure.

    • Posted November 27, 2018
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  • Einstein’s Gets Lean!
    Einstein’s Gets Lean!

    Nothing in our environment changes unless the thinking that created it changes. So how does this apply to me and to you? If you and I agree that our work environments are not perfect, and further agree...

    • Posted August 14, 2018
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  • Let’s Hear It for the Snitches!
    Let’s Hear It for the Snitches!

    From a very early age, you and I learned that being a “tattletale” or a “snitch” is one of the very worst things we could be. The cult of the cowboy, pervasive in our society and workplaces,...

    • Posted July 26, 2018
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  • Quit Complaining!
    Quit Complaining!

    “We’re getting too many complaints in our suggestion box, I’m taking it down.” When managers personalize "complaints," or don't spend time on the floor listening to line workers on their ideas to improve work processes, it's a...

    • Posted June 6, 2018
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  • The False Allure of Punishment
    The False Allure of Punishment

    The “punish ‘em when they’re not doing the right thing” mentality exists in far too many organizations despite the fact that it is a demonstrably ineffective way of driving improved performance. Given the ineffectiveness of the “punish...

    • Posted April 19, 2018
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  • Problem-Solver or Thought-Starter?
    Problem-Solver or Thought-Starter?

    A question all leaders of Lean Transformations should ask themselves: Am I primarily a problem-solver or a thought-starter? Problem-solver is the wrong answer. Triggering the creativity, knowledge, and intelligence of line workers must be the primary job...

    • Posted August 23, 2017
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  • 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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