reflection

Ford shows a new reflective side, but how far will they take it?

05.08.2013

Ford has come an incredibly long way in time since Bill Ford Jr. courageously stepped aside to bring in lean thinker Alan Mulally. Lately, they’ve been hampered by the embarrassing problems in relaunching the Lincoln brand through the MKZ. But, in the face of these problems, they are doing their best to reflect and make […]

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The vital importance of integrity

08.02.2011

I recently wrote this post on integrity, extolling the importance of maintaining integrity. The fundamental premise of the argument is that lost integrity is unrecoverable. In the many conversations that this statement has generated, both online and offline, many of the examples of lost integrity being regained were essentially cases of proving that the issue […]

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Lean Strategy: The Role of Reflection

06.03.2011

[viddler id-98d12765 h-370 w-437] In our continuing Strategy Friday video series on Lean Strategy, I explore how reflection as part of  lean thinking can also be an integral part in building or planning your business strategy, as well as adjusting as you move along.. Show Notes and Approximate Time What is reflection: 0:20 Reflection is […]

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What Mother’s Day Teaches Us about Organizational Transformation

05.16.2011

First off, yes, I know Mother’s Day was a week ago. I didn’t miss it. What is Mother’s Day? It’s the celebration of something: 1. … completely vital, critical, essential, and, 2. … mostly taken for granted. We do that a lot in our organizations. It’s not a problem to celebrate the obvious items. The […]

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“I lead through fear, intimidation, and public humiliation”

01.21.2011

Have you ever heard a leader say, out loud, “I lead through fear, intimidation, and public humiliation”? I doubt it. Have you ever seen a leader try to lead in this way? I would guess you probably have. I think most of the people who are leading through such means are not trying to on […]

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The Value of Rules

06.28.2010

NCIS has been one of the most popular shows on television for years now. I generally don’t like TV crime dramas, but my wife has gotten me a bit into this one over time. The lead character is Leroy Jethro Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon. Gibbs has a number of rules. His team learns these […]

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Reflect, Don’t Dwell

02.12.2010

Most organizations don’t spend time in reflection. It seems wasteful. But it’s vitally important in an organization trying to make progress. Without learning, courses aren’t corrected and lessons aren’t internalized. A favorite quote of mine by Soren Kierkegaard speaks to this point: “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” This […]

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Reflect to Improve, and Make it a Habit

10.28.2009

How do you get started on the lean journey? Many organizations struggle with how to get started. They see this monumental journey ahead of them and there is so much to do, but where to start? I think a small and simple way to get started is just begin a small and regular practice of […]

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