All posts tagged "Lean Manufacturing"

  • Anger, Respect, and Productivity
    Anger, Respect, and Productivity

    Showing respect for workers makes all the difference in worker attitudes and product quality. And why is showing respect for workers of such supreme importance? Because not showing respect triggers anger (that great enemy of productivity and...

    • Posted April 5, 2018
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  • Being Blinded by Machine Utilization Rate
    Being Blinded by Machine Utilization Rate

    We build more than our customer needs just to not waste production capacity. It’s magical thinking and it’s intoxicating. And thinking this way has a direct, negative impact on profitability. So what are some steps that can...

    • Posted February 21, 2018
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  • Incredible Power of the Uncommon and Unexpected
    The Incredible Power of the Uncommon and Unexpected

    Lackluster employee engagement seems all too common these days. Especially when it's so easy to create employee experiences that drive higher levels of motivation, confidence, and, most importantly, a sense of belonging to the organization. Unexpected. Personal....

    • Posted January 10, 2018
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  • The False Allure of Complexity
    The False Allure of Complexity

    The allure of complexity blurs vision. There’s something about the way in which we human beings think that leads us to an infatuation with complex solutions. But they don't drive continuous improvement. The only way we’re going...

    • Posted December 6, 2017
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Invisibility of the Obvious
    The Invisibility of the Obvious

    We’ve all had experiences like this. Something that’s completely obvious to us seems to be invisible to others. We see it. Others don’t. And typically our reaction to this conundrum is to scratch our heads and say...

    • Posted May 18, 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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  • 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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