All posts tagged "Lean"

  • 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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  • Hard Hat and a Hammer
    When Did “Labor” Become A Dirty Word?

    “Labor” has, for many people, become a dirty word. Without labor, nothing else happens. Buildings, bridges, and homes aren’t built. Every physical object that we touch was made by a laborer. How does this thinking impact people...

    • Posted November 12, 2015
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  • Can't Buy This
    Yes, it’s for sale. No, you can’t buy it.

    Here's an almost perfect example of what happens when individuals in an organization don’t have the flexibility needed to respond immediately to critical work process challenges.

    • Posted November 3, 2015
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  • Mistakes are Beautiful Things
    Mistakes are Beautiful Things

    How many important insights into how to fix problems, how to improve work processes lay fallow because employees, perhaps your employees, believe that “they might not work”? In all too many workplaces the answer is thousands. Wasted...

    • Posted October 27, 2015
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  • Hydromat World Class Manufacturer
    STLCC Partnership Helps Hydromat Win “World Class Manufacturing” Award

    Hydromat, in St. Louis, Missouri, recently received the Missouri Association of Manufacturers “World Class Manufacturing 2015” Award, which recognizes Hydromat’s unrelenting drive toward higher and higher degrees of excellence in the manufacture of precision transfer machines. The...

    • Posted October 14, 2015
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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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  • Rug Doctor Wins Innovative Industry Training Award
    STLCC Partnership Helps Rug Doctor Win Governor’s Innovative Industry Training Award

    Rug Doctor, Inc., in Fenton, MO, recently received the Governor’s Innovative Industry Training Award, which recognizes a company that demonstrates outstanding success in workforce training and education. The company partnered with St. Louis Community College to transition...

    • Posted September 10, 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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  • 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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  • Knowing Too Much and Too Little
    Knowing Too Much and Too Little at The Same Time

    Far too many managers know too much and too little at the same time. They know a lot about production numbers and quality statistics and far too little about what has to happen to drive higher levels...

    • Posted August 26, 2015
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