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Turkeys

February 25, 2014

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Across a large swath of the U.S., the winter has been especially cold, snowy and dreary this year.  So here’s a post with a link to a cheery video at the end, just to pick my spirits up – and maybe yours too. The English language can be confounding.  For example, the word turkey is […]

Can’t See

February 13, 2014

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My friend and mentor, Gifford Brown, told me a remarkable story some time back about a visit to his plant in 1987 by Shigeo Shingo in which Shingo, with the help of set-up people, operators and a tool maker, demonstrated (in the space of a day) how machine set-ups could be reduced from four hours […]

Patience

January 16, 2014

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In 1966, a freshman at a college in Maine attended a speech given by Floyd McKissick, newly appointed head of the Congress of Racial Equality, better known as CORE.   In the packed auditorium there were no more than a half-dozen African Americans come to hear the “radical” new leader whose mission was to raise awareness […]

One by One

December 19, 2013

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Preface: A Christmas present from a lean-thinking friend, Brian Dandrea at Mass Mutual Insurance, is the inspiration for this week’s post. Those of you who have seen the Toast Kaizen video will remember the big batch of toast I make in my deluxe four-slice toaster. For years that toaster has been the metaphor for wrong-sized […]

Clearing the Bar

December 2, 2013

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When I was fifty years younger and fifty pounds lighter I tried my hand at pole vaulting, a peculiar track and field event that involves running at full speed with a heavy pole (at that time still rigid aluminum) in hand, planting the pole at the last second with jarring force on the body, hurling […]

Good Witch or Bad Witch?

June 5, 2013

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A recent comment from a business friend, call him Tom, who manages a small factory, reminded me of a scene from The Wizard of Oz.   “Our president is an accountant by training – but,” he added, “she’s a good accountant.” “So, what is a good accountant?” I asked. “Well, you know,” Tom said, “she thinks […]

Toast Guy

May 30, 2013

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I’ve been doing a lot of speaking at conferences this spring, and I’m always warmly greeted as the “Toast Guy”:  the person who produced and starred in the Toast Kaizen video. Earlier this year, I spoke to a large gathering from a metropolitan healthcare system.  When I jokingly asked them “Who has seen Toast Kaizen?” this […]

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