Replace your “All Hands” meeting with an “All Minds” one

03.23.2017

Almost every leader of an organization, whether a team of 15 people or a thousand-person site in a multinational has some version of the “All Hands” meeting. Some are done ad hoc when something needs to be communicated, and some are done at a regular cadence. But why are we bringing “all hands” together, to […]

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Do the work, improve the work

03.20.2017

Sometimes, performance doesn’t come from big, bold, broad interventions. Sometimes, performance is just about improving our work design. This article from MIT Alumni Magazine highlights the work of Professor Nelson Repenning. Dr. Repenning was just beginning his faculty career when I was a student at MIT, and I’ve followed his work since. He’s done a […]

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Come hear me speak! Upcoming dates…

03.19.2017

Come hear me speak at the following upcoming dates: MANTEC 5th Business Growth Conference, March 31, Lancaster, PA – This is the local MEP in south-central Pennsylvania. Their annual conference is focused on growth, and includes a range of topics. Come out for the day. Lehigh University’s Center for Supply Chain Research‘s Spring Symposium, April […]

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Lean is more about learning than knowledge

03.17.2017

What will be more useful in the future, knowledge or learning? Knowledge changes, sometimes rapidly. Machines make knowledge more accessible, both in terms of who and when. How we learn, I suggest, has much greater leverage. That is why I’ve been on a mission to define lean as the ultimate embodiment of a learning organization, […]

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Standardization is not for its own sake [Lessons from the Road]

01.30.2017

I continue to surprise myself with the number of important topics that I have yet to write about, despite how many years I have written both blog posts and columns for first Assembly Magazine and now for several years IndustryWeek. This month I take on the topic of standardization. The rote application of lean suggests […]

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Bridging the gap from coaching soccer to coaching business

01.18.2017

In the first week of January, I attended an intense residency program for soccer coaching, earning a National Diploma by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). I was one of only 2 people there who weren’t paid or full-time paid coaches. As with anything I do, I want to continue to learn and […]

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Some key ideas to support your New Year’s Resolution

01.01.2017

New Year’s Resolutions come and go. But if you truly have strong intentions, you have to move beyond the resolution and convert them to goals, backed up by actions and systems. Here are a few key reads to help get you started: Forget the New Year’s Resolution How did you spend the first week of […]

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Effort is grossly underrated

12.12.2016

I couldn’t possibly count how many times entrepreneurs that want my advice proceed to tell me that they can’t share their actual idea because they want to keep it a secret. Why? They think that the idea is worth a ton. Bullshit! I have a ton of great ideas too – teach every inner city […]

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Lessons from the Road: Making Oobeya Work

12.07.2016

It’s hard to sound more jargony (yes, I made up that word) than oobeya, but its functionality for improving communication and collaboration for teams is unparalleled. And so, after IndustryWeek’s Jill Jusko described it in Obeya: The Brain of the Lean Enterprise, that opened the door for me to cover it in my Lessons from […]

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Where’s your lean team? [Lessons from the Road]

10.05.2016

This year, for my Industry Week column, I’ve tried to take on topics that may have many people disagreeing with me. It is one way to move the conversation. This is a topic that isn’t controversial as much as it is political and messy: where in the organization should I position my lean team? There […]

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