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Cognitive Science and Performance Learning

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: Lean Learning|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Cognitive Science makes the important distinction between performing by rote and proactively using performance support tools such as lean learning’s PDCA checklists, flow diagrams, lean transformation roadmaps, and 5 why decision trees and lookup tables. “Too often, learning leaders make courses when the information doesn’t have to be in the head, it just needs to be [...]

Are the requirements for learning and change part of your onboarding process?

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Change, Lean Learning|Tags: , , , , |

Learning and change are two necessary components of a lean company’s onboarding process for a new employee. If lean learning is defined as an ongoing journey toward personal and professional improvement, then every new employee will soon be familiar with the adage that “at the end of every success is another obstacle waiting to be perceived [...]

Knowing how we learn is just as important as what we learn

By | March 21st, 2017|Categories: Lean Learning|Tags: , , , , , , , |

During our formal school years, knowing how we learn probably takes a back seat to the process of just cramming the facts. Late night cram sessions before the big quiz or final exam are commonplace on every college campus. Now that you’ve earned your diploma, in retrospect (and in all honesty), how much of that crammed [...]

Five Rules for Selecting the Best Key Performance Indicators

By | January 19th, 2017|Categories: Business, Corporate Learning, Lean Learning|Tags: , , , , |

There’s no question that key performance indicators (KPIs) are needed to help drive operational improvements. KPIs are absolutely essential for organizations to present performance information for all levels of the organization. The key to success is selecting KPIs that will deliver long-term value to the organization. It’s problematic that the terms KPI and metric are used interchangeably within [...]

Register for the Lean Experience Course in Wisconsin

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Lean Learning, The Lean Experience®|Tags: , , , |

The Lean Learning Center is pleased to announce that it will be offering its Lean Experience ® course at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh, WI from February 20th, through February 24th, 2017. Our Lean Experience ® course offers companies a unique experience unlike any other in the Lean movement. We provide our clients with perspective, [...]

Don’t Get Too Comfortable Being Number One if You Want to Stay There – Part I

By | January 12th, 2017|Categories: Corporate Learning, Lean Learning, Management|

Building a sense of urgency and clearly communicating that message is a key skill for any leader in any organization that could present a significant challenge, particularly if the business is profitable and the orders keep rolling in. “Take a look at our revenue reports and you’ll see we’re doing just fine. We have work to [...]

SMED as a Lean Tool

By | September 20th, 2016|Categories: Lean Fundamentals, Lean Learning, Lean Lingo|Tags: , , , |

Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) is kind of like 5-Why’s in that each is not as specific as the name implies. The “5” in 5-Why’s is more a guideline than a specification. Likewise “single minute” is a place-holder for the amount of time that approximates the minimum amount of time it should take for a [...]

When Lean Learning Doesn’t Make Cents… Sense

By | September 20th, 2016|Categories: Lean Learning|

When an organization is trying a new process or method to deliver improvement there are many variables to monitor. Like most things lean, observing people using the new tool or method is essential. It also is valuable to listen to what they say. When the lean coach hears someone say “this just doesn’t make sense to [...]

Ten Myths About Lean Learning

By | June 14th, 2016|Categories: Lean Learning|Tags: , , |

We often struggle to understand the connection between the learning process and performance results. The following article from Chief Learning Officer (December 2015) will help clear up some of the confusion and dispel some of the myths. Enjoy! 10 Myths About Learning and Performance In the past two decades, the ROI Institute has had the opportunity [...]

Corporate Learning

By | June 7th, 2016|Categories: Corporate Learning, Lean Learning|Tags: , , , , , |

While catching up on our reading, we found this great article about corporate learning from Chief Learning Officer Magazine (October 2015) about corporate learning: What Arby’s Can Teach Us About Culture Everyone who reads my columns knows I believe U.S. corporate leaders are missing the boat when it comes to their organizations’ human capital. I have [...]