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Bully for Missy!

Posted on December 1st, 2015 · Posted in business, business model, Leadership, Lean, Lean Thoughts, Uncategorized

In 1999, as I was finishing my master’s thesis, I came across a small company: Title 9 Sports.  Their name has since been changed to just Title Nine (, but.. read more

Toyota Principle #3 – Use “pull” systems to avoid overproduction

Posted on October 13th, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

It’s been so long since I used a “push” system, I wonder sometimes if anyone still does.  Then I realize how shallow the penetration of Lean has been into the.. read more

Upgrading Standardized Equipment

Posted on June 6th, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

I’m an engineer by training and for years specified new equipment for my employers.  When my colleagues and I went looking for new equipment, what did we go looking for? .. read more

Standardization of Equipment

Posted on June 1st, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

Most of us are familiar with Standard Work and the need to have only one standard way we build a product or provide a service.  We know that having only.. read more

Control Your Message

Posted on December 3rd, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

Control Your Message We’ve all seen it.  Something happens within an organization: someone leaves under suspicious conditions, plans goes awry, a schedule is missed.  That’s life, but what happens next.. read more

Human Capital

Posted on November 4th, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

Human Capital You hear the term Human Capital from time to time.  What does it mean?  Is it politically correct jargon for people being sold as slaves?  Hardly. You may remember.. read more

What’s a Lean Culture?

Posted on October 12th, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

What’s a Lean Culture? When you walk into an organization that has taken lean seriously, you notice certain things immediately. First, the site is clean … unusually clean. Second, workstations.. read more

Leading Change: Setting the Vision for the Path Forward

Posted on August 4th, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

Leading Change: Setting the Vision for the Path Forward “Where there is no vision, the people perish” Proverbs 29.18 If you’re like most senior leaders, you’re buried in minutiae: paperwork.. read more

Posted on July 28th, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

Leadership vs. Management  Leadership is to management as compass is to stopwatch.   Both the compass and the stopwatch are important tools, but they perform completely different functions.  So, too,.. read more

Posted on May 10th, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

Who Must Lead Lean? As my knowledge of Lean has grown, I’ve come to some important discoveries.  First is that Lean was not a collection of tools to eliminate waste. .. read more