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November 19, 2010

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Bruce Hamilton (aka Old Lean Dude aka "The Toast Guy")

  Welcome to Bruce Hamilton’s (aka The Toast Guy from Toast Kaizen DVD fame) Blog, an on-going reflection on Lean philosophy and practices with an emphasis on keeping good jobs close to home.  That’s the mission of my organization, GBMP,  a  Boston-based not-for-profit organization with the parochial objective of shipping products overseas rather than jobs. […]

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I’m Against It!

September 2, 2014

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A recent viewing of a Marx Brothers film caused me to reflect on one of the questions I’m frequently asked, “How do you deal with people that are against Lean?” My stock response is to quote Shigeo Shingo’s advice that “99% of objection is cautionary,” that is, persons who appear to vigorously object to Lean […]

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Invisibility

August 14, 2014

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A chance reading recently provided a thought from Henry Thoreau that I think is worth sharing. Thoreau said: “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.” The quote caused me to reflect on an incident some years ago at a film manufacturer: […]

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How We Learn

August 8, 2014

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While I am an unabashed proponent of learning by doing, I have a list of books that have over the years been essential to me as a framework for experiential learning. Most of these books were written before 1990, and one of the most insightful, Managerial Engineering by Ryuji Fukuda, was first published in English […]

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Frankenstein Equivalents

July 22, 2014

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I was speaking with a friend about a recent downsizing at his church. After nine years, a popular priest had been reassigned to another parish. In an apparent effort to cut costs, a new priest would now split his time between two parishes in neighboring towns. When I expressed some regret about Father S’s departure, […]

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Lesser Gods

July 7, 2014

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I learned recently of the passing earlier this year of person I worked with twenty years ago at my last job in manufacturing.   Manny S. was a ‘lesser god’, a term which is meant neither to canonize nor demean him.   He wasn’t perfect – not by a long shot – but boy could he get […]

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Where is the Frontline?

June 30, 2014

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In recent years it’s become fashionable to talk about management’s support for the “frontline,” a peculiar idiom as frontline is technically defined as “that part of an army that is closest to the enemy.” Sometimes, however, the idiom fits. Twenty years ago I was persuaded by a passionate Lean friend to purchase his company’s product, […]

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Addicted to Lean

June 16, 2014

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One of my early lessons in leading change came at the age of 19, while working in in a program known as VISTA, Volunteers in Service to America. The lesson was this: Leading change is marathon not a sprint. Sometimes you just have to pace yourself, give your mind and body a break and do […]

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