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Lean Thinking Will Reveal Some Leadership Lessons from Jazz Musicians

By |2019-05-21T14:33:54+00:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Leading Lean, Lean Thinking|Tags: , , , |

To many, Jazz and leadership have nothing in common. To the few that can see the broader perspective, they find a lot of lessons to lift from how jazz is played, and how they can be bought into the boardroom. Whether you are an executive at a company, or you are an entrepreneur, there are some [...]

One Bad Month in a Great 2018: Can Lean Thinking Help U.S Manufacturing Have a Better 2019?

By |2019-05-16T13:02:23+00:00May 16th, 2019|Categories: Manufacturing, Technology|Tags: , , , , |

The American technology manufacturing sector seemed not to have much to smile about after the release of orders volume data for December 2018 by the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). The data revealed that total orders in the sector had modestly reduced year-over-year. 2018 had been a strong year though. December results were just a small [...]

Lean Thinkers Know the Essence of the Perfect Working Environment

By |2019-05-07T21:07:09+00:00May 7th, 2019|Categories: Business, Lean Thinking, Management|Tags: , , |

Farmers use greenhouses to provide the perfect conditions for the growth of their plants. The conditions in a greenhouse are often set to ensure maximum benefit to plants. Compare that to planting the same plant in a cold and dark plot. The yield obtained from the two places would be very different. Thinking from that perspective, [...]

The Best Leaders Never Fake It till They Make It

By |2019-04-30T12:15:05+00:00April 30th, 2019|Categories: Management|Tags: , , |

“Fake it till you make it.” It’s quite the cliché`. It sounds good, and everyone will like any statement that provides some sort of solace. However, it’s a statement used to justify wrong choices. As a business leader you will be setting yourself up for failure if you decide to fake anything. In business, you cannot [...]

The Layered Process Audit: Part 2

By |2019-04-24T12:38:37+00:00April 24th, 2019|Categories: Lean Thinking, Management|Tags: , , |

This is part two of The Layered Process Audit. If you haven’t already, you should read part one.  In many organizations, the line supervisor has the responsibility for auditing to ensure that structures and processes such as standard work, 5S, safety, and quality checks are adhered to. The supervisor is usually the only one who is [...]

The Layered Process Audit: Part 1

By |2019-04-30T12:16:01+00:00April 17th, 2019|Categories: Business, Management|Tags: , , , |

Many organizations complain about having difficulty maintaining standards on the shop floor.  We often make improvement only to find the process regresses back to its previous state in a short period of time.  A closer look at the audit process will often show the following types of symptoms: Standard work is posted, but no one is [...]

Reimagine

By |2019-04-09T15:09:22+00:00April 9th, 2019|Categories: Business, Change|Tags: , , |

Lean thinking enables a business to enjoy progressive transformational growth. If you cannot think outside the norms, you will be setting up a glass ceiling over yourself. Whatever business you are in, you can aim for the skies by reimagining things. You could reimagine your target market, your operations, your products, and everything else about the [...]

Why You Need Lean Thinking in Your Digital Transformation

By |2019-04-02T14:20:52+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Lean Thinking|Tags: , , , , |

Digital transformation is being sought by every business that wants to be a serious contender in their respective industry. Some are digitizing their product, optimizing operations, or reinventing business models. The fear of getting beaten by competitors is real. However, it is hampering lean thinking among business leaders. Many businesses are ending up just copying what [...]

No-Deal Brexit Puts UK Aerospace Industry in Crisis

By |2019-03-25T12:00:00+00:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: Aerospace, Learning Implementation|Tags: , , , , , |

The UK is on the verge of a no-deal Brexit after the UK’s parliament overwhelmingly rejected Theresa May’s deal. They most likely haven’t explored the effect of a no-deal exit on the UK’s aerospace industry. Stakeholders in the industry are now bringing it to their attention. It is an industry that provides employment for more than [...]

Why Just “Good Enough” Will Kill Your Business or Career Fast

By |2019-03-19T12:24:42+00:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: Business, Management|Tags: , , , , |

Many proprietors and workers will assume that clients are satisfied with their products and services, just because nobody has ever complained. That mentality is detrimental to your career or business. Take yourself for instance. Rarely will you complain because the bus you normally use is a few minutes late, but you prefer if it was always [...]