April 2013

Not every improvement has to be a breakthrough

04.30.2013

This post was previously shared on the Lean Learning Center’s blog page. So many teams that I coach, assess, observe, and otherwise engage in are looking for breakthrough results. That makes sense, right? Desperate times call for desperate measures (and we seem to keep being reminded that these are desperate times). And if I’m going […]

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The difference between tension and stress

04.28.2013

Although I’m a bit behind on many things, The Lean Edge asked a question that I’m just now getting around to answering. Is highlighting problems stressful and increased pressure on workers? There is a major difference between tension and stress, and this difference when not understood causes tremendous problems. Leaders trying to create tension end […]

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The More of Do More with Less [Lessons from the Road]

04.25.2013

In the last installment of my Industry Week column, Lessons from the Road, I talked about waste elimination. In it, I also explained that the commonly used phrase “do more with less” is often perceived about being about the “less” when I believe truly lean organizations focus on the “more.” But how do we do […]

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5 Leadership Moves: Presentation at ISPE

04.03.2013

Today I am speaking to the pharmaceutical industry at the ISPE conference. My topic is on the 5 leadership moves for lean from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean. Like many of my presentations, I don’t use many slides but tend to tell a lot of supporting stories. 5 Leadership Moves for Lean Transformation from Jamie […]

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