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Culture Is Not the Culprit

By | April 26th, 2016|Categories: Culture|Tags: |

The April issue of Harvard Business Review features an article “Culture Is Not the Culprit,” by Jay W.Lorsch and Emily McTague. I recommend spending some time reading this. The authors interviewed current and former CEO’s who have made major changes in their companies. The leaders interviewed “…say that culture isn’t something you ‘fix’…culture change is what [...]

Some ideas on IDEAS

By | July 18th, 2013|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

A common lament that I hear from most companies, incluing my old company, is the difficulty they have getting employees to frequently contribute quality ideas (suggestions) to improve the performance of the organization, and even their own work.  The good old “suggestion box” has been around for decades with varying degrees of success but mostly ineffective.  [...]

Baggage

By | June 15th, 2013|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

I spend at least 50% of my time teaching classes for people who for various reasons are interested enough in lean to spend a week immersed in experiences designed to cause them to understand and apply lean principles to what they do.  The focus of the week is creating breakthrough thinking that will shift beliefs about [...]

If You Want to Learn More About Lean–Quit Reading Books About Lean

By | May 7th, 2012|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the surface this really sounds like a dumb thing to say particularly coming from someone who has co-authored a relatively successful lean book.  It is also counterintuitive.   Shouldn’t you always read books specifically about the subject you are trying to master?  What I recently discovered is that I’m learning more about lean by reading seemingly unrelated books.    […]

Promoting Employee Engagement–A Cautionary Tale

By | December 22nd, 2011|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Those of you who know me are aware that I have been slow to embrace the power and value of social media.  Fortunately my friend and partner, Jamie Flinchbaugh, has convinced me of the error of my ways.  This is my 1st foray into the blogosphere and I hope to be a valuable contributor. Although it is becoming less common, unfortunately it is still not uncommon to find employees, and even entire departments, unwilling to participate and contribute ideas or suggestions to improve their organization.  The reasons are wide and varied and often would take a psychiatrist’s couch to understand.  The following is a tale of an extremely important department in a company, we will call them AAA, that was not only unwilling to be engaged, they were downright militant about it. […]

Accidental Culture versus Planned Culture

By | February 3rd, 2010|Categories: Blog, Videos|Tags: , , |

Culture has a major impact on your performance. This is why leaders must focus so much attention on it. But everything you do can have an impact on culture. You impact the culture, whether you have an accidental culture, or a planned culture. Andy and Jamie discuss why you must be purposeful in your actions, and [...]