Cultural Transformation Series

The Founder and Experimentation

06.27.2017

Learning what works and what doesn’t work is driven by experimentation, real-world trials that inform us about cause and effect. How do we improve the ability to experiment? By reducing the cost, the effort, the friction required to test what works. As we continue my effort to de-jargonize (ok, that’s not a real word) lean […]

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The simplest way to get started with process improvement

06.16.2017

I have had many conversations lately where people are asking about the simplest way to get started with process improvement.  The simplest way is to start with one simple question – why.  

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Practicing Lean

04.28.2017

The idea that just as doctors practice medicine we must practice lean is the premise of a book I contributed to called Practicing Lean which was edited by Mark Graban. We must be wiling to evolve our practices and learn as we move forward.   Order a copy of the book today on Kindle or paperback.  You […]

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Voluntary versus Directed Activity

07.01.2010

In our next video in the Cultural Transformation Series, we discuss a solid leading indicator of your cultural impact. You want to see people picking up the tools and methods and using them on their own. You want to see voluntary involvement. Directed involvement is also a part of lean, but the ratio between voluntary […]

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The Importance of Language

05.24.2010

This is the next video in the Cultural Transformation Series. The language you choose to use, and the meaning it conveys, can have a great impact on your culture when done consistently. I explain that point in this video, The Importance of Language. [viddler id-7de4f740 h-288 w-437] How have you used language to help your transformation […]

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Understanding the local culture

04.15.2010

In this next video in our Cultural Transformation Series, I talk about the impact that the local culture can have on the culture and behaviors that you are trying to drive. For example, in some cultures it is considered beneath a manager to go out to the factory floor to talk to someone. In other […]

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Integrity

03.29.2010

Some people believe integrity is something you are born with, or not. I don’t believe that, simply because I’ve seen people completely change their behaviors. In this next video of the Cultural Transformation Video Series, we explore the role integrity plays in leading culture change. [viddler id-b2210db9 h-288 w-437] Integrity is about the match between […]

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The Impact of Repetition

02.22.2010

We tackle the value of repetition on culture in the latest installment of the Cultural Transformation video series. The example given of a repeated pattern was SQDCM, or Safety Quality Delivery Cost Morale. This pattern was repeated in the organization at every level every day. Now, 15 years later, it has remained an embedded part […]

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Leaders or Anchors?

02.10.2010

Should you focus your energy on the leaders around you or the anchors? You only have so much time, energy, and focus. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, right? Well the anchors are usually the squeaky wheel. But energy invested there is wasted. I explain the difference and why in this latest video in our […]

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Leading Change an Inch Wide and a Mile Deep

01.27.2010

This is our second video in our Cultural Transformation video series. You can’t change everyone in your organization in a thorough manner in an instant of time. You have to chip away at cultural transformation piece by piece. So what’s better? Should you go an inch-wide and a mile-deep or go a mile-wide and an […]

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