October 2013

Asseta, AngelList, and crowd-funding

10.28.2013

A lot has been written on crowdfunding and the rules changes that have come as a result of the JOBS Act. I think I’ve met more people who have written about it than have actually utilized it. Instead of reading about it, I wanted to actually participate as the best way to learn. I have […]

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Words that need to be reclaimed

10.25.2013

Buzzwords, acronyms, jargon, corporate speak – lean isn’t the only domain of business that brings with it an unfortunate side effect. Sometimes it’s not the new words that cause trouble but the reorienting of old words. Some of these words need to be reclaimed, because the new meaning takes us a step backwards from goodness. […]

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What’s the different between audit and assessment?

10.22.2013

This post originally appeared on the Lean Learning Center blog. I recently wrote a column for IndustryWeek titled Get the Most from Your Assessments. This was in part inspired by the several assessments I had just completed for clients in the weeks preceding my column due date. But there is also a pet peeve that […]

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Management is a role. Leadership is an act.

10.16.2013

My friend John Hunter who’s mix of insight and intellectual integrity has been a strong role model in the blogging world of continuous improvement. His Curious Cat Management Improvement blog is a great tribute to its own name, and John’s comments often embarrass me by going deeper than my own blog posts. So, I had […]

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Get the Most from Your Assessments [Lessons from the Road]

10.10.2013

I have performed a lot of assessments over the years. If done right, they’re actually quite exhausting. You’re trying to absorb everything you are hearing, seeing, not seeing, while trying to follow a process, draw conclusions, and generate next questions. But when done well, and received openly, they can provide tremendous value because they help […]

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