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It seems like there’s always a better time to do something, and that time is “later.” Many companies believe that improvement initiatives – like Lean, … Continue reading

Many companies begin performance improvement initiatives with 5S, a Lean tool that involves workplace organization. 5S reduces clutter in offices, warehouses and manufacturing floors and … Continue reading

Last year I sent out a Growth Accelerator newsletter about why it’s essential to keep growing your business, especially when things are going well: I … Continue reading

To dramatically increase a company’s value, you can’t just think outside the box, you have to destroy the box. Many executives have (intentionally or not) … Continue reading

One of the keystones of Lean (back when it was called World Class Manufacturing) was The Customer Defines Quality. Simply put, if you want to … Continue reading

Many companies start Performance Improvement initiatives with 5S, a Lean tool that involves workplace organization. 5S reduces clutter in offices, warehouses and manufacturing floors and … Continue reading

At my first meeting with many companies, they’re often stressed by trying to deliver 3% to 5% per year cost reductions to their customers. They … Continue reading

Being Lean achieves world-class performance. Doing Lean often only results in the deck chairs being reorganized just before the ship sinks. Many companies spend months … Continue reading

One of the concerns I’ve always had about Lean is the strong focus on process and the somewhat weak focus on people. World Class Manufacturing … Continue reading

Inventory reduction was a core element of Taiichi Ohno’s Toyota Production System. Excess inventory is one of the seven wastes, and Ohno focused heavily on … Continue reading