Lean – The Continuous Learning Environment

By |2021-06-01T14:36:14-04:00June 1st, 2021|Categories: Culture, Learning Professionals|

When thinking about what is lean, a focus on the continuous improvement of the process is often emphasized. However, lean also means a continuous improvement of the person.  In today’s fast-paced market, the best way to stay competitive is to create an environment that encourages and bolsters employee learning. Today’s market requires quick thinking leaders who [...]

Building a Lean Culture: 5 Key Elements

By |2021-03-31T16:49:06-04:00March 31st, 2021|Categories: Culture, Lean Thinking, Uncategorized|

Before we dive into the five key elements, it’s essential to understand that culture is a learned process. Good or bad, folks in any organization will notice the rules and standards that exist around them, and they will perform accordingly. Of course, changing a negative culture to one that is more positive is possible, but it’s [...]

How Lean Engages Employees

By |2020-09-22T13:31:00-04:00September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Culture, Management|

Employee engagement and satisfaction will often make or break how long an employee stays with the same company. While there are factors outside of a company that contribute to an employee’s willingness to stay, the two key factors inside a company are job satisfaction and the company environment. How does Lean Boost Employee Engagement? Shared Meaning [...]

The Five Leadership Lessons from James T. Kirk

By |2020-04-14T16:08:42-04:00April 14th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Leading Lean, Management|Tags: , |

During these unprecedented times, it is important to remember how critical leadership and learning are to every organization.  (and also, because we could use some inspiration) I would like to share one of my favorite articles written a few years ago by Alex Knapp at Forbes – Enjoy and stay safe out there! - Bill [...]

Control Rooms: When to Use Them and How They Can Help

By |2020-02-05T12:06:30-05:00February 5th, 2020|Categories: Creative, Culture|Tags: , , |

Your customer service department has received six complaints in the past week about a new product your company has just released. Every department in your company had a hand in seeing the product to its final design and release stages, and the root cause of the complaints are not easily identifiable. The gut reaction for most [...]

Five Reasons Your Team Should Adopt Stand-Up Meetings

By |2019-10-08T16:22:30-04:00October 8th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Management|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

No one likes sitting in a directionless, hour-long meeting while silently waiting for it to end. Meetings like these drain motivation and productivity, while wasting a company’s most precious resource: its employees’ time. Enter the stand-up meeting. While not meant to be a replacement for traditional sit-down meetings, stand-up meetings provide a fresh way for teams [...]

Quit Asking Leaders for Support; Drive Your Own Lean Transformation

By |2019-07-02T13:40:17-04:00July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Culture, Lean Thinking, Management|Tags: , , |

It is important for workplaces to enable their employees to engage their creative sense in finding solutions for various challenges. A team of employees with a problem-solving mindset can push the organization to great heights. Many employees often find it difficult to get their leaders to engage with their ideas, so the ideas just “fizzle out”. [...]

Beliefs that Give Rise to History – Making Teams

By |2019-03-12T14:37:52-04:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Learning Professionals|Tags: , , , |

Today’s business world needs a team that can adjust with the times and keep up with the stiff competition. Creating a set of protocols to be followed does not make the cut anymore. The only way is to have not only a skilled team but also one that is inspired by a set of beliefs. These [...]

Seasoning Your Learning Fare with Cross-Generational Mentoring

By |2019-11-25T09:49:14-05:00April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Corporate Learning, Culture, Leading Lean|Tags: , , , , |

Cross-generational mentoring is an excellent way to keep your Lean company ahead of the curve. Ken Blanchard, Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, a highly respected leadership coaching organization, attributes much of his success to cross-generational mentoring. In the May 2017 CLM.com newsletter, Blanchard reminds us that “given the accelerating pace of change, people [...]

Learning is the Key to Successful Capital Formation

By |2018-02-22T12:46:01-05:00February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Business, Corporate Learning, Culture, Lean Learning|Tags: , , , , , , , |

“Learning is the human capital accelerant of the enterprise,” writes Michael E. Echols, Vice-President of strategic initiatives at Bellevue University, in the April 2016 issue of CLOmedia.com. According to Echols, a significant segment of the country’s corporate culture believes that human capital formation only includes the process of training or developing new employees. Echols contends that [...]

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