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A Holiday Miracle

December 31, 2014

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Viewing Bill Murray’s “Scrooged” last week for the twenty-fifth time in as many years, I recalled a kind of holiday miracle I witnessed shortly after I began consulting. I was working with a manager team at a food processing plant shortly before Christmas, observing a packing line set up especially to pack hams for the […]

Dead See Scrolls

November 26, 2014

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I participated recently in the AME conference in Jacksonville, Florida; a terrific rally for manufacturing excellence with the tongue-twisting theme “Strategic Success Through People Powered Excellence.”   I had a small role on a keynote panel that attempted to answer questions from attendees relating to generating the people power needed for strategic success.  The session evoked […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

Permutations

April 18, 2014

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For many years I worked for a manufacturer of pressure and temperature switches, a small company with a very big product selection. In our product catalog there were roughly three-dozen distinct product families with hundreds of standard products, each available with thousands of optional configurations. The average order quantity per line was two pieces. In […]

The Road To Lean

April 4, 2014

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An old TV series I watched recently reminded me of an experience I have had many times in my work. In this I Love Lucy episode, Lucy is ordered by Ricky to create a schedule to make her “more efficient.” A schedule board, posted in their home is a “best practice”, but without the best […]

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