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Who Leads 90% of the People in your Company Every Day?

By | October 4th, 2016|Categories: Business, Corporate Learning, Leading Lean|Tags: , , , , |

Frontline managers see everyone in your company every day. If your frontline team spends more than 60 minutes of their day increasing value added from their team you are ahead of the average. Ask yourself: Of the salaried headcount, what percentage are frontline managers? How many associates are they connecting with daily? Of 600 minutes at [...]

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 [...]

Intuition is Useful in Business

By | June 28th, 2016|Categories: Business|Tags: , , |

A leisure activity for all of us, but also a source of research and study, business periodicals help keep us in the know. There is a heap of them, and they can be more palatable than manuals, graphs and reports. We read them to keep up with developments in the industry and to live the adventure [...]

Red straw trap: Success sticks you to the past

By | June 21st, 2016|Categories: Business, Innovation|Tags: , |

Red straw trap: Success sticks you to the past Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press June 18, 2016 In 1953, three employees of the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company created a mixture to protect missile skins. It didn't work. They tried again – no luck. And again, and again. Finally, on the 40th try, they were successful. [...]

Retention in the Workplace

By | June 16th, 2016|Categories: Business, Culture, Management|Tags: , |

During a recent manufacturing forum one of the most consistent problems we heard about from companies of every size was the consistent struggle to find and retain skilled personnel. Here are some of the proven methods we use to promote retention. Provide engaging and meaningful work. Be sure each employee truly understands the value of their [...]

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 [...]

Procedural Compliance and Why The Deviation From Standard Can Be Devastating

By | June 9th, 2016|Categories: Lean Lingo, Management|Tags: , |

At the recent NBAA conventions National Safety Forum, NTSB Chairman Chris Hart cited the investigation of a Gulfstream G-IV crash on May 21, 2014 at Bedford Massachusetts that killed all seven aboard. Investigators blamed the crash on the crews attempt to take off with the control lock engaged. Analysis of the flight data recorder revealed the [...]

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 [...]

Registration Available for The Lean Experience®® June Course

By | May 6th, 2016|Categories: The Lean Experience®|Tags: , , |

The Lean Learning Center offers an innovative program this June. The 5-day program begins your company’s lean transformation by challenging the way that you approach your work. Demanding customers? In a competitive market? Growth by acquisitions and mergers, needing a common way to improve? Company has divisions using a variety of improvement approaches needing alignment? The [...]