November 2010

Are you tired of meetings that don’t start on time?

11.29.2010

If you were to calculate the actual time lost, meetings that don’t start on time is perhaps one of the single biggest generators of waste in organizations today. A meeting that starts 5 minutes late for 4 people waiting for 1 other person wastes 20 minutes. If it’s a daily meeting, that’s an hour a […]

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Denny Pawley inducted to the Industry Week Hall of Fame

11.26.2010

We’re happy to see that Dennis Pawley, our co-founder of the Lean Learning Center, was inducted to the Industry Week Hall of Fame. For those who have worked for him, few leaders have had more of an impact on an organization than Denny. He is a personal hero to many, myself included. The results he […]

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean reviews

11.24.2010

I am thankful for many things. One is the many great reviews that The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean has received on Amazon.com Here are some of the highlights: “…one of very few books on lean enterprise on the market today that really, really “gets it”…” – Thomas Jackson “…it’s one of the best books on […]

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Using internal blogging as a leader

11.22.2010

How do I communicate with my organization? This is a challenge for any leader particularly as their organization grows. Leaders try to communicate through their staff to the rest of the organization, but the message is often distorted or diluted. Leaders try to communicate through lots of one-on-one conversations, but that is very slow and […]

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Control Point Standardization as a form of “leader standard work”

11.18.2010

I recently recorded a podcast with Joe Dager of Business901. I’ve done a previous show with him on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean. In this episode we cover Control Point Standardization after Joe read my recent Leading Lean column on the subject. Check out Joe’s website and my podcast with him here.  

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4 Lean Bloggers at the CONNSTEP Conference

11.15.2010

Last Thursday I was delivering a keynote titled Changing Behaviors Through Daily Actions for CONNSTEP’s annual conference in Hartford, CT. It was a nice opportunity for 4 lean bloggers to meet and chat, and of course present. Here are the 4 of us. Yup, I’m feeling a bit short. From left it is Tim McMahon, […]

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Changing Behaviors through Daily Actions

11.10.2010

I am presenting at the CONNSTEP Conference today. I am happy to share my presentation with you here: Changing behaviors through daily actions View more presentations from Jamie Flinchbaugh.  

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Why suggestion boxes are wrong

11.08.2010

Last night just when I was arriving at the hotel, I flipped on the TV while unpacking and happened to catch the end of the Undercover Boss. I’ve written about this show before, and how it is directionally correct but wrong in execution. This episode included one of the owners of the Chicago Cubs. In […]

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The North Wind and the Sun

11.04.2010

I’ve enjoyed connecting the fables of Aesop to lessons in lean and leadership. You can read my previous posts here. Here is a lesson about change management. How do you get engagement? How do you get compliance? The North Wind and the Sun A dispute arose between the North Wind and the Sun, each claiming […]

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Setting objectives through lean

11.01.2010

I have a new post published on The Lean Edge. See the full article on that site. How do you set objectives with lean? I won’t start from the beginning, because there are already so many quality posts here in response to the question. I will try to add to it with a couple of […]

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