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Many companies focus on problem solving to improve their business. Often sited as the basis for Lean and JIT, problem solving has one major shortcoming: … Continue reading

Does your company ask its employees to share their ideas? One of the keys to accelerating profit and growth is soliciting creative input from employees. … Continue reading

Yesterday I was talking to yet another frustrated CEO who wondered why his lean project wasn’t yielding any financial results, even after two years. The … 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

Raevyn Rogers, a freshman at the University of Oregon, helped her team win the 2015 NCAA Women’s Track and Field Championship by winning the 800-meter … Continue reading

One of the cornerstones of the World Class Manufacturing wave in the 1990s was empowered teams. Some of the books that lead the movement included … Continue reading

Consultants, Lean experts, managers and executives often get wrapped up in the process. They focus on improvements, introducing controls, reducing expenses, increasing revenues and improving … Continue reading

Why do so many Lean implementations leave executives with an empty feeling? I’ve spoken to a number of people in various types of organizations over … Continue reading

Many companies today are trying to implement process improvements such as Lean, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints and others in order to reduce waste, improve … Continue reading

In Peter Drucker’s seminal work – The Concept of the Corporation – written in 1946, he presents his findings of the study of General Motors … Continue reading