All posts by George Friesen

About George Friesen

George Friesen serves as Business Practice Leader - Lean Manufacturing for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. He has led the College's Lean business practice area since 2000. Prior to joining the College, George worked for Maritz Performance Improvement Company. Over the past 35 years, he has served a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies, specializing during the past eleven years in Lean Manufacturing, focusing especially on the 5S System, Lean leadership and thinking processes, Value Stream Mapping, and Lean team building. George is a graduate of Washington University (AB), Webster University (MA), and United States Air Force Flight Training.
  • Elon's opening of the Tesla Annual Shareholders Meeting by Steve Jurvetson, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
    Elon Musk, Tesla, and Lean Leadership

    The three characteristics of Lean leadership, Elon Musk style, were what made it possible for Tesla to meet a challenge to its very survival. What was called for was a very creative, out-of-the-box method of meeting this...

    • Posted December 12, 2018
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  • Belief-Based Lean Transformations
    Belief-Based Lean Transformations

    A large percentage of attempts to successfully implement the very powerful tools of Lean manufacturing fail. There are three basic mistakes leadership teams make which cause Lean failure.

    • Posted November 27, 2018
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  • Voices from the Front-Line
    Voices from the Front Line

    A way to measure the value and sustainability of a manufacturer’s Lean transformation: What do line workers say about the impact of what’s happening on their work and on their lives?

    • Posted October 31, 2018
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  • Great Processes = Great Results
    Great Processes = Great Results

    Great processes carried out by engaged workers drives great results. Use this six-step process to achieve a shift from a focus on results to a focus on work processes.

    • Posted October 17, 2018
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  • Fallacy of a Focus on Results
    The Fallacy of a Focus on Results

    The absurdity of trying to drive results by focusing solely on results should be obvious to all of us. Unhappily, it isn’t. Results don’t happen because a company is focused on them. Good results are driven by...

    • Posted September 27, 2018
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  • Yes, I Do Want to Come to Work
    Yes, I Do Want to Come to Work…

    A worker at a sheltered workshop once shared with me what I think couldn’t possibly be a better reason for coming to work. This one said it all. Wanting to do a good job. Wanting his company...

    • Posted September 19, 2018
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  • Why Do You Come to Work?
    Why Do You Come to Work?

    I’m sure we all agree that it’s very important to have employees who want to come to work and who take pride in the quality of their work. So how do we make it happen?

    • Posted September 5, 2018
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  • Einstein’s Gets Lean!
    Einstein’s Gets Lean!

    Nothing in our environment changes unless the thinking that created it changes. So how does this apply to me and to you? If you and I agree that our work environments are not perfect, and further agree...

    • Posted August 14, 2018
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  • Let’s Hear It for the Snitches!
    Let’s Hear It for the Snitches!

    From a very early age, you and I learned that being a “tattletale” or a “snitch” is one of the very worst things we could be. The cult of the cowboy, pervasive in our society and workplaces,...

    • Posted July 26, 2018
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  • A Lean Parable
    A Lean Parable

    Many attempts to implement Lean fail. Organizations “do the Lean tools” and discover that in relatively short order the use of these tools fades away. Why does this happen? There are two causes, and here's what you...

    • Posted July 17, 2018
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