leadership

Fear & Creativity: Why Psychological Safety is Crucial for Success

By |2022-04-26T18:04:04-04:00May 10th, 2022|Categories: Creative, Leadership|Tags: , , , |

Creativity and Innovation are essential to business success. We need out-of-the-box thinkers who are willing and able to take risks and push ideas forward. These thinkers require a work environment that instills the hallmarks of psychological safety. Fear & Creativity Before we dive into psychological safety, let's begin with a thought experiment. It's late one Monday [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Lean Thinking Will Reveal Some Leadership Lessons from Jazz Musicians

By |2019-05-21T14:33:54-04:00May 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 |2019-04-30T12:15:05-04:00April 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 |2022-01-11T15:50:41-05:00April 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 |2017-12-08T18:31:22-05:00October 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 |2017-12-08T18:31:25-05:00March 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 |2017-12-08T18:31:27-05:00January 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 [...]

Click "Like" If You Have Enough Time

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 [...]

Go to Top