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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
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
Success Can Be A Dangerous Thing
Kaizen Thinking is all about being intensely focused on continuous improvement. It’s about being very dissatisfied with the status quo. It’s about knowing that continued success in the marketplace belongs to the agile. It’s also about believing...
- Posted July 29, 2015
Build Sales … or Kill Sales. Your Choice
Just what is it that distinguishes behaviors, or policies, that are conspicuously unfriendly to customers from those that create customer loyalty and, as a result, build sales? I’d suggest two words:
- Posted July 15, 2015
Want High Performance? Build High Degrees of Confidence.
The most valuable asset any company has is the knowledge, the intelligence, and the creativity of its workforce. Deriving maximum value from this asset often spells the difference between success and failure in the marketplace. Lean thinking...
- Posted July 8, 2015
The Impact of Employee Engagement
Firms with the highest percentage of engaged employees collectively increased operating income 19% and earnings per share 28% year-to-year. Companies with employees who are less engaged experienced operating income declines of 33% year-to-year and 11% in earnings....
- Posted June 30, 2015
Time: Friend or Foe?
Studies have shown that the typical American worker wastes between 40 – 45 minutes a day, most of this waste occurring because of the disorganized state of their workplaces. One of my clients calculated that if his...
- Posted June 23, 2015
When Does Lean Succeed?
Lean succeeds when it is supported by a shift in an organization’s culture from one focused on results to one focused on work processes. Triggering and supporting this change in focus requires a Lean management system, a...
- Posted May 28, 2015
Selecting a Lean Consulting Partner
Who should we engage to support our Lean transformation? It’s a tough question to answer. And it’s a critical question, the answer to which will have a major, long-term impact on your productivity and profitability. I’d suggest...
- Posted May 12, 2015
Give Your Stars A Chance To Shine
Lean unleashes the potential for your employees to be work place stars. They could make incredibly valuable contributions to their companies. They could be powerful catalysts for change. They could motivate others. Here's how.
- Posted May 5, 2015