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To our customers, suppliers, partners and friends, For the last four months, GBMP, has of necessity, pivoted to predominantly virtual consulting, training and coaching.   Now, as the economy begins to reopen, I’d like to share with you two lessons that we have learned: Office space adds limited value to our work.We have discovered that physical […]
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by LSSU Admin - Thursday, 25 June 2020, 2:01 PM
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Chances are that your organization has some form of a Lean team, but those resources come in all sorts of different forms. In the next several videos, we will explore how to Organize Your Lean Team, starting with this video where we explore the role of lean resources. What should

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So after my bad experience with American Airlines during Covid-19, I decided to try flying Delta when I had to go back to Orlando for my movers to pack up the old place. I've heard a lot of good things about Delta in recent years from business colleagues and one co-worker recently flew them and […]

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Early in June, Dan Bruder published an exciting new book entitled, The Blendification System: Activating Potential by Connecting Culture, Strategy, and ExecutionBy focusing on the unifying purpose within each organization, this book promotes alignment between leadership and employees setting a clear, strong foundation in which every individual can thrive.

During a recent conversation with Dan, I asked him a series of questions about the book and the connection between employees, customers, and communities. Here are the important questions followed by Dan's answers:

What is the connection between culture, strategy, and execution and why are most companies not embracing it?”

Companies are at the forefront of fostering growth within society and communities. In the US, adults spend over 50% of their waking time in work- or work-related activities.  Work is where people come together on a regular basis with the primary purpose of identifying and satisfying society’s needs.  For companies to realize their potential, they must break away from the model of oversimplification and internal silos. Human beings can accomplish tremendous outcomes when motivated, challenged, and connected.  Unfortunately, business has diminished employee motivation by relegating people to functional silos and meaningless task-oriented behaviors.

"Why aren’t companies embracing the connection between culture, strategy, and execution?"

There are three primary components that are critical for organizations to realize their potential.  They are culture, strategy, and execution.  Historically, there has been little intentionality around designing an exceptional culture while strategy has been something the executive elite do every year or two and it typically is not cascaded through the organization.  Similarly, execution has not been embedded in the culture or aligned with the strategy and employees do not see how their jobs make a difference. Generally, there has been little focus on deliberately designing culture, strategy, and execution as a connected system where each complement and complete the other.  This is primarily related to executive leaders and founders not fully grasping the potential of a united team and their ability to truly make a difference.  Essentially, it is easier to pursue profit than potential.

"Why should companies embrace the connection between culture, strategy, and execution?"

Culture, strategy, and execution are seamlessly designed and implemented together inThe Blendification® System.   When these three business components are purposefully created and connected, companies experience substantial growth in engagement, innovation, and outcomes.  As the entire company aligns on a common cultural cause, the strategic platform becomes the path for employees to realize their human potential.  Finally, the execution of the strategic platform enables employees to align their work with making a positive impact on their communities.  Thus, the systematic blending of culture, strategy, and execution enables companies to be at the forefront of advancing society through their employees, customers, and communities.

What do you think of Dan's ideas? Does your company suffer from disconnects among the culture, strategy, and execution platform? 
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“Respect for people” is, of course, a core tenet of Lean and the Toyota Production System. It's an important idea in the workplace and beyond. I was really happy to see this article in the WSJ: Baseball's Newest Market Inefficiency: Treating People Like People Imagine that, treating people like people. There's a bit of an […]

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by LSSU Admin - Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 12:00 PM
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For my Facebook fans you already know about this great feature. But for those of you that are not connected to A Lean Journey on Facebook or Twitter I post daily a feature I call Lean Tips.  It is meant to be advice, things I learned from experience, and some knowledge tidbits about Lean to help you along your journey.  Another great reason to like A Lean Journey on Facebook.

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Design for manufacturing (DFM) and design for assembly (DFA) or its combination, design for manufacturing and assembly (DFMA), as well as its many design for X variants are a way to improve a design beyond its mere functionality. In my last post I gave you a basic introduction. This post will look at the prerequisites ... Read more
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I recently ordered some specialty black-colored Texas license plates. We have a vehicle that's a very deep red with black accents, so the default white background Texas plates really jump out. For about $50, we could get plates that look like this: When the plates were ready, I got an email from the local county […]

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The countdown is on! I can’t believe that my book Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn: Lessons from Toyota Leader Isao Yoshino on a Lifetime of Continuous Learning will be available in less than a month! You may be surprised that simultaneously while I’m talking about the book through podcasts, webinars, and more – I’m […]

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Today, I wanted to share an excellent article written by Dr. John Toussaint (of Catalysis) and Ken Segel (of Value Capture): Ken and John were both deeply influenced by the late Paul O'Neill, who made worker safety the primary imperative at Alcoa when he was CEO there — which created a culture of “Habitual Excellence” […]

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