Top 8 Secrets for Upgrading Your Gemba Walk

By |2022-01-17T09:07:29-05:00January 12th, 2022|Categories: Eliminating Waste|Tags: , , , |

Lean practices are built on a foundation of continuous improvement. But knowing where to focus improvement efforts can sometimes be tricky. This is especially true if the leaders making decisions are disconnected from the people on the front lines. This is where Gemba Walks can be effective. What is Gemba? Gemba comes from the Japanese word [...]

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

By |2019-03-19T12:24:42-04:00March 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 [...]

Are You Ready for Improvement… Really Ready?

By |2017-12-08T18:31:26-05:00February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Lean Learning|Tags: , , |

I have spent 39 years in business and industry working on improvement. I have worked with companies that are global leaders and those struggling to change in pressured markets with financial demands. The last 8 years I have consulted. I have been teacher, coach, problem solver and cheerleader for companies of a wide range of sizes [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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