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All posts tagged "Taiichi Ohno"
Extracting Fear from the Workplace
Fear is a dark angel that hovers, unacknowledged, over many workplaces. When the stigma many of us attach to the term “problem” is removed one of the key drivers of fear will have been eliminated. Taking specific...
- Posted August 17, 2016
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
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
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
Three Careers On Their Way To Being Wasted
Three careers on their way to being wasted. Tom who assumed that managers and supervisors thought he was too stupid to have any good ideas. Kim who doubted that she really had the ability to come up...
- Posted April 14, 2015
The Greatest Waste of All – Human Potential
The waste of human potential doesn’t have to happen. How can the tremendous potential of the human intellect be untapped in your employees?
- Posted August 12, 2014
Lean: The Power of Simplicity
The thinking process that Lean builds, Kaizen thinking, is a simple process. It is also an incredibly powerful process. It transforms those who practice it into expert waste spotters who engage in tenacious searches for all forms...
- Posted December 3, 2013
Kaizen Thinking: The Seven Deadly Wastes
For many employees, to be continuously focused on ways to improve work processes through the elimination of waste is simply not part of the way they operate in the work place. Yet it is this habit, Kaizen...
- Posted August 28, 2013
Respect and Trust: The Key Drivers of Effective Management
I’ve seen intelligent, knowledgeable line workers who could make very significant contributions to their company’s productivity and profitability but who had been rendered passive and detached by their work experiences. Why does this happen? What are the...
- Posted June 20, 2013
Use the Idea Board for Lean Manufacturing Success
Nothing is more crucial to the success of Lean manufacturing than employee engagement. This short video contains interviews of employees at Hydromat and Edge Technologies, RugDoctor, and GSI Diversified talking about the ways in which the Idea...
- Posted October 10, 2012