Lean Empowerment – Part 5: Where Are All the Orders?

Let’s revisit the company we’ve been using in our Lean Empowerment Series and catch up with them a few months after fully implementing their Lean Transformation Project. We’ve been following the workers progress as they’ve been learning all about Lean. In Part 1 and Part 2, they became empowered by successfully finding areas with impeded […]

Lean Empowerment – Part 4: Sharing Work Aids

Settling into a New Culture As we continue our Lean Empowerment series, we check back with the same company to review their progress and see how their new Lean Culture is evolving. In Lean Empowerment Part 1 and Part 2, the workers chose shadow boards from their Lean Toolbox to resolve a number of ongoing issues. […]

Lean Empowerment – Part 3: Rejecting Bad Material

This week, we continue to follow one of my client’s, who we also featured in Lean Empowerment Part 1 and Part 2. You will learn how Lean Systems enabled workers to reject bad material. This Lean Empowerment action resolved several negative issues. Workers were able to transform an impeded process into a smoothly operating workflow, […]

Developing People – Part 1: The Plan is Worthless

Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.”[1] What exactly did Eisenhower mean by this quote? Was it because he could care less about the plan? Maybe he cared about the plan but also felt the need to convey an important aspect or characteristic about plans in general.  Perhaps he cared […]

Lean Empowerment – Part 1: Sharpening the Saw

Empowering an organization with Lean methods is like sharpening the saw throughout the entire company. Once a company embraces Lean methods and is equipped with the tools in the Lean Toolbox, a new culture is born. Everyone within the organization begins to view their surroundings from a new perspective, embracing and encouraging continuous learning and continuous […]

How to Delegate Effectively – Part 1

How do we delegate effectively?  Many of us are stuck, believing the old adage, “if you want something done right, do it yourself.” We end up opting to do everything ourselves because past experience dictates we are more than likely going to have to redo it anyway. Performing our own tasks gives us a sense of security […]

The A3 Sheet – Part 1: Business Storytelling is Born

Business storytelling has a purpose, typically to solve a recurring problem, gain project approval or introduce a new project. Both the storyteller and listener need help resolving communication issues when addressing these situations. To improve communications at all levels, Toyota developed a very effective tool, called the A3 sheet, as a concise standardized structure for […]

Attitude and Character Trump Talent

Let’s face it, good help is hard to find. There is a gap between available jobs and the skills possessed by those who seek the jobs. Even with the national unemployment rate of over 8 percent and millions of people dropping out of the workforce, there are many jobs that go unfilled. For example, recently I […]

Finding the Right People

The top priority and responsibility for any business owner or C-level executive is finding the right people. Without the right people on board, forward progress is literally impossible. Even maintaining the status quo is difficult. Ideal Candidates So, how do we define who the “right people” are for our company? Regardless of the company or […]