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3 Tips to Enhance Employee Motivation & Bolster Creativity

By |2022-07-11T10:28:29-04:00September 13th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Creative, Leadership|Tags: , , |

The Importance of Employee Motivation The workplace is changing, and employee motivation is at the forefront of these changes. It wasn't long ago that remaining at the same company through retirement despite the work environment was the standard. Today, however, people want more. Where pay and benefits used to be king, people now require a company [...]

How Crude Experimentation Maximizes Innovation to Drive Success

By |2022-02-16T11:12:16-05:00February 15th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Innovation, Learning|Tags: , , |

The Problem with Traditional Experimentation Experimentation and innovation cannot exist without one another. To embrace innovation, we must also embrace the experimental process. But this is not quite as easy as coming up with new ideas and testing each of them. Each new idea will cost a company in time, money, and manpower, and these resources [...]

Theory of Constraints: How to Identify Weakness to Increase Flow

By |2022-01-31T13:45:20-05:00January 31st, 2022|Categories: Blog, Eliminating Waste, Lean Thinking|Tags: , , |

What is the Theory of Constraints? Every organization faces bottlenecks, or constraints, in their daily operations. These constraints are often found in a manufacturing line when there is an issue with a process or procedure. However, constraints can occur across an organization, from personnel to issues with technology. The Theory of Constraints offers a methodology to help [...]

Lean – What Is the ROI?

By |2017-12-08T18:31:27-05:00January 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Lean Learning, Lean Progress Newsletter|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Lean – What Is the ROI? “What is the return on investment for lean?” This question is asked frequently in our Lean Experience and Leading Lean sessions.  It’s a fair question. This week I had a chance to see a great example of the ROI of lean. A little background - the company I visited this [...]

U.S. Manufacturing Could See a Strong Comeback with Lean Techniques

By |2017-12-08T18:31:27-05:00December 22nd, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Made in America – Is U.S. Manufacturing poised for a strong comeback? Over the holidays I had the chance to catch up on some reading.  One of the articles I read is really worth noting for manufacturing companies in the United Sates.   The tepper Magazine from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University contains [...]

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By |2017-12-08T18:31:28-05:00January 7th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

    I was facilitating a kaizen for a team that had decided to tackle a very challenging improvement. The process was complicated. Multiple attempts had been made to improve. The problems in the process resulted in delays and downtime that cost millions across the enterprise. It was clearly a priority with a high return. The [...]

Increase the Return on Lean Training Investments

By |2017-12-08T18:31:29-05:00June 16th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Lean Training is usually an integral part of the lean journey. Lean Training occurs in the beginning to introduce organizations to the basics or to align teams with a variety of backgrounds and experiences in lean. Workshops and training sessions are conducted during the lean journey to add a new way of thinking or a new [...]

Personal Lean – Getting Things Done Part 2

By |2017-12-08T18:31:29-05:00April 30th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Information flow structure = reduced time wasted In an earlier post I identified a problem with information flow that was causing waste in my day.  I recognized that my activities were varied and lacked structure. I wanted to test the impact of structure on time spent finding emails and sorting out calendar conflicts. Master Getting Things [...]

Can Lean Save the City?

By |2014-04-21T19:42:45-04:00April 21st, 2014|Categories: Blog|

The Lean Learning Center recently received an order for some lean simulations and support material from the City of Detroit.  We have also learned that the city is planning to send quite a few people to our next Lean Experience class.  While the Lean Learning Center has successfully worked with municipalities in the past, this begs [...]

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