March 2016

    Toyota-Style Kaizen


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    Toyota-Style Kaizen
    March 31, 2016 - The leaders of organizations adopt Lean management in the hope of achieving desirable outcomes such as higher quality, shorter lead-times, lower costs, and so on. In most cases, cost reduction is a major objective and is of particular interest to...

    Improving Leadership Processes


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    Improving Leadership Processes
    March 29, 2016 - The purpose of a company is to satisfy customer’s needs by making products and services. To do this, humans must to have knowledge. Knowledge comes from learning. However, learning alone is insufficient. Skills must be developed, which...

    Motivations and Aspirations


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    Motivations and Aspirations
    March 28, 2016 - The feedback I have received recently about some of my controversial blog posts (here, here, here, and here) have led some people to question my motivations. In particular, accusations about advancing a personal agenda and financial gain. So, let...

    Executive Labor Efficiency


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    Executive Labor Efficiency
    March 21, 2016 - The efficiency of executive labor in 2016 is about the same as it was in 1885. Leaders, in this respect, are laggards. That can’t be good for people and companies.Business leaders have spent the last 130 years getting workers to...
  • Criticizing Lean


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    March 19, 2016 - I have received a fair amount of criticism for blog posts that I have written over the last few years criticizing “Lean,” the MIT studies that resulted in “Lean,” the work of James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones, and the work...

    Teaching Lean Leadership


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    Teaching Lean Leadership
    March 16, 2016 - Pens I give to students at the end of the course, as a reminder to apply what they learned to their job.I have been teaching Lean leadership to graduate students for 15 years. They are mostly full-time working professions ranging from individual...

    Evolving Out of Need


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    March 10, 2016 - We owe a debt of gratitude to the MIT researchers who introduced the world to Lean, led in part by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones. Their work changed lives in important ways, ranging from developing a stronger, more...

    Prof. Emiliani’s A4 Failure Analysis Method


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    Prof. Emiliani’s A4 Failure Analysis Method
    March 4, 2016 - Problem StatementSurvey data from various sources (Industry Week, Lean Enterprise Institute, McKinsey&Company, etc.) over the last 10 years indicate that Lean transformations typically fall well short of expectations, which indicate failure to...

    Lean Transformation Failure Analysis


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    Lean Transformation Failure Analysis
    March 2, 2016 - Click on image to read the open letter (.pdf)Organizations that promote Lean management teach people how to focus on the process, think scientifically, do experiments, observe, engage in problem-solving, identify root causes, respect people,...
Lean Leadership

Lean Leadership


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