strategy

The Lean Strategy Video Series Summary

01.14.2015

A few years ago I develop a short video series on Lean Strategy. Given my last post challenged you not to start the year without a clear strategy and purpose, I thought it was worthwhile to dust off this video series and re-release it. I had a lot of offline comments about it, and I’m […]

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How did you spend the first week of the new year?

01.11.2015

How did you spend the first week of the new year? If you were like many people, you spent it doing some pretty common things such as catching up on emails and going to some standing meetings, many of which probably began with people trying to remember why we have this particular standing meeting. It’s […]

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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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1 useful method for keeping strategic when you’re tactically focused

07.23.2013

This blog post originally appeared on the Lean Learning Center blog. You might be in an organization that is all about the tactical. It’s the “what’s next?”, action-oriented, go-go-go culture. There are certainly benefits to this environment. It avoids inaction and it gets things done; a good idea unimplemented isn’t much value. It is generally […]

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Kodak and Fuji: a tale of two companies in the face of the same insurmountable problem

02.08.2012

The Economist had an excellent article detailing the difference between Kodak’s historic bankruptcy and Fujifilm’s equally remarkable success, in The last Kodak moment?, and expanded on in Sharper focus. Both companies faced the same problem statement: digital photography would replace film. But Eastman Kodak, founded in 1880, despite it’s major innovation capabilities and giant patent […]

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What’s the proper election rotation of board members, annual or classes?

11.01.2011

Bad boards have been in the news lately. The ongoing debacles at HP and Yahoo seem almost comical, to the point that you can literally imagine clowns running around in the board room. Of course, the easy thing for many people to assume is that they are just made up of bad people. This is […]

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The Farmer and the Field [Guest Post]

07.20.2011

Guest Post: Donald Sweigart worked with “The Body Shop @” which developed the “Star-Link Certified” Lean business model improving Profitability, CSI, and Cycle Time in the Collision Repair Industry. This model is now licensed by a Fortune 100 in it’s Industry-wide Lean Training. His passion is implementing Lean solutions in industry. The long trek to […]

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Prioritize to Finish, not to Start

07.11.2011

There’s a lot of focus on prioritization and rightly so. There are so many things I can get you distracted, not prioritizing can generate a great deal of waste. However, when individuals or organizations decide to prioritize, they often focus on the wrong factors. What everybody wants to prioritize our new projects or actions to […]

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Lean Strategy: First, Understand the Current Condition

07.01.2011

[viddler id-ee972578 h-370 w-437] In this next installment of the Lean Strategy video series, we will explore a bit about the early part of the strategy building process which is more about how do we gain the knowledge of the current reality, the situation, the market, the field, the technology, to build a good and […]

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Lean Strategy: Focus on the How

06.24.2011

[viddler id-5df79ab0 h-370 w-437] In our continuing video series on Lean Strategy, I want to talk about the “how” of the strategy. Not the “how of strategy building” but the “how of strategy execution.” Show Notes and Approximate Time 00:27 : So often we talk about the “what we’re going to do with the strategy,” […]

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