leadership

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 [...]

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 [...]

Trust in the Workplace Starts at the Top

By |2018-04-10T13:43:11+00:00April 10th, 2018|Categories: Leading Lean, Management|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A good leader knows that trust in the workplace is one of a company’s most valuable assets. Ken Blanchard, Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, is quick to point out, however, that trust in the workplace doesn’t just happen by itself. It must be cultivated from the top down, by the company’s leaders. In [...]

Who Leads 90% of the People in your Company Every Day?

By |2017-12-08T18:31:22+00:00October 4th, 2016|Categories: Business, Corporate Learning, Leading Lean|Tags: , , , , |

Frontline managers see everyone in your company every day. If your frontline team spends more than 60 minutes of their day increasing value added from their team you are ahead of the average. Ask yourself: Of the salaried headcount, what percentage are frontline managers? How many associates are they connecting with daily? Of 600 minutes at [...]

Middle Management – The Key to Lean

By |2017-12-08T18:31:25+00:00March 8th, 2016|Categories: Management|Tags: , , , , , , , |

When assessing the effectiveness and direction of lean in your organization you might find yourself in one of these places: The Continuous Improvement Program Managers have run a lot of high impact projects. We either need more CI managers or we need to increase skill and capability of line management. We seem to have plateaued in [...]

How Can Lean Help to Educate Your Senior Leadership?

By |2017-12-08T18:31:27+00:00January 14th, 2016|Categories: Leading Lean, Lean Learning|Tags: , , , , |

Leadership commitment to lean is one of, if not the most, critical requirements for a successful lean transformation. Yet one dilemma that many lean leaders have is trying to provide the lean education needed by senior leaders to effectively understand what their commitment needs to look and sound like. In most cases the demands of the [...]

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By |2017-12-08T18:31:28+00:00January 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+00:00June 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 [...]

Carry the wounded and shoot the stragglers: dealing with cynics and skeptics

By |2017-12-08T18:31:31+00:00December 2nd, 2013|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

A question frequently asked of me is “what do I do about the people who won’t get on board?” This is too broad of a question, because there isn’t a single answer to the question, except “it depends.” What does it depend on? Primarily, the reason for people resisting is unique to them. Do not overgeneralize [...]

If You Want to Learn More About Lean–Quit Reading Books About Lean

By |2012-05-07T12:52:44+00:00May 7th, 2012|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the surface this really sounds like a dumb thing to say particularly coming from someone who has co-authored a relatively successful lean book.  It is also counterintuitive.   Shouldn’t you always read books specifically about the subject you are trying to master?  What I recently discovered is that I’m learning more about lean by reading seemingly [...]