February 2016

    How Economics Disrespects People


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    February 29, 2016 - Recently, I have been re-reading some old books that I bought years ago to gain deeper insights into the relationship between economics and the prevalence and persistence of Fake Lean. By that I mean, the narrow use of Lean management by business...

    Visceral Disdain for Lean


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    February 20, 2016 - One of the many interesting phenomena of modern progressive management is the negative gut reaction that workers have towards it, ranging from suspicion to outright disdain. This, in turn reduces the appeal of progressive management and one’s...

    SUCCESS KILLING DECISION #1 - Choosing to give in to fear.


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    SUCCESS KILLING DECISION #1 - Choosing to give in to fear.
    February 18, 2016 - I recently read a good article by Jeff Haden on “9 Success-Killing Decisions Exceptional People Refuse to Make” on Inc.com. Personally I thought that the points were spot on, but were explored too briefly. Each one of the points could be...

    Lean Can Learn from History


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    February 17, 2016 - As you may know, I am a serious student of the history of industrial management, specifically the origins and evolution of Scientific Management and its linkages to the origins and evolution of Toyota’s Production system (TPS, popularly known...

    Lean’s Bad Timing


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    February 15, 2016 - The Gilded Age was an era between 1870 and 1900, marked by industrialization, mechanization, economic growth, the rise of large corporations, build-out of railways, urbanization, and immense wealth creation among business owners. It also included...

    What is Lean Management?


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    February 13, 2016 - What is Lean management? Many people offer definitions, but efforts to define it, while well-meaning, serve only to disable people’s ability to understand it which, in turn, impairs their ability to practice it (the same is true for the...

    Lean’s Promise Broken


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    February 11, 2016 - The term “Lean” has been with us for nearly 30 years. We proponents of Lean tell others that Lean management is superior to conventional management in every way – better in every business metric and better for employees, suppliers,...

    What’s Your Lean Provenance?


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    February 8, 2016 - One the thing that Lean people like to do is brag about when they first learned about Lean or who they learned it from. We want to show off how close we were to the beginning and who our teachers were. We do it to distinguish ourselves...

    Lean and State Government Agency Leaders


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    February 6, 2016 - One of the great challenges of Lean in state government is the perpetual turnover among the political appointees who lead state agencies. Turnover typically sets back the agency’s Lean efforts to the dismay of career state employees. What...

    Lean Management and the Public Good


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    February 3, 2016 - Long ago, you did not have to possess a Ph.D. or be affiliated with a university to be a scientist. And the work of scientists was mainly conducted as a public good, in search of truths that benefit humanity. With respect to Lean management, there...
Lean Leadership

Lean Leadership


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