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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Be Careful What You Wish For – Part II

May 27, 2014

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Four years ago I posted a funny story passed along to me by a Lean friend, that dealt with the consequences of crazy measures, and how lack of management oversight will allow these measures to persist indefinitely.   It’s one of my shortest posts and worth a quick read if you haven’t already seen it.  Go […]

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No Respect

May 9, 2014

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In the last two weeks I’ve had the opportunity to participate in two outstanding conferences celebrating and supporting operational excellence. This week I attended the annual Shingo Conference and had an opportunity to teach the Shingo Institute’s Discover Excellence workshop at host site Whirlpool, in Findlay Ohio. The self-effacing humility of everyone we met at […]

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