All posts tagged "Lean Culture"

  • 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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  • Shush, don’t let the boss find out
    Shush, Don’t Let The Boss Find Out About It!

    Good management depends upon good information and that if your company’s leadership team is, “hearing a fiction,” the management decisions they make will be flawed. Lean transformations, when successful, drive fiction out of an organization’s information flow...

    • Posted August 6, 2013
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  • Lean, Supervision, and Profitability
    Lean, Supervision, and Profitability

    There is a strong correlation between supervisor involvement in the support of Lean and the degree to which an organization’s investment in Lean really pays off. Without the energetic support of supervisors Lean will fail. But failure...

    • Posted June 27, 2013
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