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5 Tips for Using Imaginative Play to Boost Your Innovation and Creativity

By |2022-10-17T09:29:07-04:00July 12th, 2022|Categories: Creative, Innovation, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Imaginative Play As children, our naturally inquisitive minds are designed for imaginative play. Depending on how you slice the data, children ask an average of 69 to 107 questions each hour they are engaged in conversation with adults. Our minds are little sponges, soaking up every piece of information we can get our hands-on. Then, instead [...]

Practice and Simulations: 4 Reasons Why They are Essential Off the Field

By |2022-11-06T14:57:22-05:00June 21st, 2022|Categories: Learning, Productivity, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Imagine you’ve just stepped onto a plane for an overseas flight. You stow away your luggage, slide into your seat, and settle in for the long trip. As part of the captain's announcements, he mentions that this is his first overseas flight. "But not to worry," he says, "I've had hundreds of hours of classroom training." [...]

How to Use a Scientific Mindset to Make Better Decisions

By |2022-11-09T13:06:58-05:00April 8th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Virtually everything you can see, touch, taste, and smell is the product of a scientific process. And the scientific method isn't just for big problems. It also applies to the little decisions in our life that make a big difference. Having a scientific mindset is an essential part of everyday life. It encompasses everything from waking [...]

Bottleneck Analysis

By |2021-07-29T12:45:42-04:00July 29th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

When the things we rely on most heavily, such as machines, systems, or processes, work most effectively, our businesses and organizations are more likely to flourish. Still, there will be times that something gets in the way, causing these aspects of our work to slow down or even stop. Most often, this stoppage is the result [...]

Improving Capacity without Additional Capital

By |2021-06-24T17:45:42-04:00June 24th, 2021|Categories: Lean Learning, Lean Thinking, Uncategorized|

These uncertain times have added an abundance of pressure to manufacturers looking to keep up with increased consumer demand. The problem is that this pandemic world has also led to dramatic decreases in workforce capabilities, leaving companies scrambling to increase their output without increasing their spending. Companies that have adopted Lean strategies, however, are far better [...]

Lean Pitfalls

By |2021-05-11T15:06:59-04:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Lean Learning, Lean Thinking, Uncategorized|

While there are many things that can constitute a Lean pitfall, there are three main pitfalls to be wary of. 1. Rules before Tools! Lean tools are powerful aids to improvement. However, you must first understand Lean thinking and learn the key Lean principles before using the tools. This is the only way you will be [...]

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 [...]

What Can Lean Do for You?

By |2021-03-16T14:29:56-04:00March 16th, 2021|Categories: Corporate Learning, Lean Fundamentals, Lean Learning, Uncategorized|

Lean methods consistently show staggering results across many sectors. A famous example of this is Harley Davidson. Facing bankruptcy in the early 80’s, Harley Davidson’s CEO decided to implement lean practices in order to turn things around. In a few years, Harley Davidson went from turning inventory twice a year to seventeen times per year, increased [...]

Powering the Lean Enterprise – Learning from Reflection

By |2017-12-08T18:31:02-05:00March 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In a review of Powering the Lean Enterprise: Fundamentals of Lean for Super-Charging Your Company & Your Life, by Bill Artzberger, Beth Wonson, CEO of Beth Wonson Consulting and an author herself of a book on self-management, Wonson writes: Bill Artzberger captures and harnesses what is missing in so many faltering corporate improvement initiatives: 1) the [...]

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