December 2013

A3 Problem Solving ebook converted to Prezi by a reader

12.22.2013

Darrell Damron, Enterprise Lean Consultant from the Office of the Governor for the State of Washington, generated a Prezi presentation of my ebook, A3 Problem Solving. You can find links to the book here. Since he shared it with me, I thought I would share it with you, so here it is:  

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Integrity…don’t leave home without it

12.20.2013

“Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without [integrity], you really want them to be dumb and lazy.” – Warren […]

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Startup CEO – learning is a key to success

12.18.2013

I just completed reading Startup CEO by Matt Blumberg, CEO for the successful startup Return Path. Overall, this was an excellent book for a first-time CEO. For someone with more experience, there will be many sections of the book that is unnecessary. But beyond the more tactical advice, there is an excellent broader perspective shared […]

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Executives can’t do it alone, and must be masters of developing people

12.15.2013

The world is more complex. Competition is global. Information moves faster. Small aspects of every business require great depth of expertise. The result is that no CEO or Executive has the talent to lead an organization all by themselves. What are your choices? While this oversimplifies it, you either buy or build. You could hire […]

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Best books on enlightened workforce leadership

12.12.2013

IndustryWeek Editor-in-Chief Patricia Panchak wrote a blog post that caught my eye: The Best Books on Enlightened Workforce Management. Of course, enlightened is a tough word because it can mean different things to different people. Here’s her list of what she calls “old faithfuls”. I love Max DePree, some of my favorite quotes come from […]

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Reflections on 5 years of board service

12.10.2013

I’ve written about lean in the boardroom, and plan to write much more on the topic. I recently resigned my post at the Board of Directors of a privately-held company during its turnaround. Upon my planned departure, I wanted to share some of my reflections on this experience, as each board of directors is unique, […]

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3 Rules for Equipment Excellence [Lessons from the Road]

12.08.2013

My latest IndustryWeek column shares some thoughts on equipment excellence, more from a strategic perspective than simply how to fine tune what you have. Here is the beginning of one of my 3 points on equipment assets: 1. Be frugal on features. I saw a recent mock advertisement for Apple MacBook as a “$2,000 Facebook […]

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Carry the wounded and shoot the stragglers: dealing with cynics and skeptics

12.02.2013

This post originally appeared on the Lean Learning Center blog. A question frequently asked of me is “what do I do about the people who won’t get on board?” This is too broad of a question, because there isn’t a single answer to the question, except “it depends.” What does it depend on? Primarily, the […]

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