April 2016

    Using Takt Time to Compute Labor Cost


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    Using Takt Time to Compute Labor Cost
    April 29, 2016 - How can I use takt time in computing labor cost?Sometimes the searches that lead here give us interesting questions.While simple on the surface, this question takes us in all kinds of interesting directions.Actually the simplest answer is this:...

    The “Art” of Raising Venture Capital for a Business


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    The “Art” of Raising Venture Capital for a Business
    April 29, 2016 - It is tempting to believe that there is a system or even a formula for raising venture capital for a business when it is needed but there really isn’t. However, there are a number of broad guidelines that we can adopt and in this brief article...

    Leaders make choices, managers take decisions


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    Leaders make choices, managers take decisions
    April 29, 2016 - Choosing to quit smoking is one thing, deciding not to have that cigarette is another. Chasing is a lifestyle choice, an orientation that is going to make your life better. Decisions is picking one among several options at any one time.For...

    Japan Gemba Visit: Toyota Memorial Hospital – Part 2: “Our human resources are our power”


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    Japan Gemba Visit: Toyota Memorial Hospital – Part 2: “Our human resources are our power”
    April 29, 2016 - In the first post in a series of reflections from my visit to Toyota Memorial Hospital (TMH) in Toyota City, Japan, I declared that Toyota Memorial is [...]

    Systems Thinking: Feedback Loops


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    April 28, 2016 - Appreciation for a system is one of the four components of Deming’s management system. In this context the most common item to think of is Deming’s diagram of an organization as a system. That is a powerful diagram. When thinking of...

    A3 Report: Mastering the Elevator Pitch


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    A3 Report: Mastering the Elevator Pitch
    April 28, 2016 - What Am I Pitching?A3 Reports are a simple and concise way of reporting project progress and analytical data. There comes a moment where you are asked for a quick update on your project. In that moment, you need to have an ‘elevator...

    Ohio Nonprofits Reap Benefits of Six Sigma Training


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    Ohio Nonprofits Reap Benefits of Six Sigma Training
    April 28, 2016 - If there was ever a group that could benefit from the principles of Lean and Six Sigma, it would be the nonprofits. It’s not that they have more waste and inefficiencies than the private sector. But they tend to have fewer resources to help...

    Don’t Let Productivity Zombies Drag the Team Down


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    Don’t Let Productivity Zombies Drag the Team Down
    April 28, 2016 - We all know them, the ones in the team that just drive down productivity. These productivity zombies are special. They are lost in their self-awareness and just care about the destruction of everything around them, including your project. Their...

    Advanced Cultural Leadership: 6 Secrets to Safety Culture Improvement


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    Advanced Cultural Leadership: 6 Secrets to Safety Culture Improvement
    April 28, 2016 - A few months ago, MAU Safety Manager, Rob Loose wrote a post on Safety Culture and the Pathway to Peace. In this blog, he comically compares the peace (or lack thereof) experience through yoga, to the peace felt in a workplace where...

    Engage People Using a Benefits Map


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    April 27, 2016 - Businesses typically care about only three things: 1) Increasing Revenue, 2) Reducing Cost, and 3) Cost Avoidance.  But it isn’t always easy to connect the work to one of these three outcomes. Reducing scrap.  Reducing lead...

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