A vision realized….and continues! Just three weeks ago, I was in the midst of leading a week of learning, culture, and fun with a fabulous group of 17 lean practitioners in Japan on the 2nd KBJA Japan Study Trip! When I moved to Japan 4.5 years ago, it was with the intention to learn and […]
Originally Posted: by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10/22/2009 Direct observation has been an under-appreciated aspect of lean for most of its life. It has gotten a lot more attention in recent years, unfortunately, this is thanks in part to the use of jargon, such as gemba and genchi genbutsu. For those
How the taste of wine is described often reads like a poem: “full-bodied and rich but not heavy, high in alcohol, yet neither acidic nor tannic, with substantial black cherry flavor despite its delicacy...” Flowers and fruits are commonly used as descriptors, meant to help drinkers understand the flavors in a glass of wine. This poetry reflects that some consider the conversion of fruit to wine be an art form.
Yet flavor all comes down to chemical compounds that impact the taste of your wine. Behind the loving descriptions of wine as living art, there’s science. And statistical regression can help.
Let me build on my earlier blog on Lean, Leadership & Ethics
The ancients defined Four Cardinal Virtues:
Prudence, Temperance, Justice and Courage.
Courage -- the capacity to overcome fear -- is perhaps the most admired.
In Getting the Right Things Done, I defined True North, our strategic and philosophical purpose, as follows:
"Something for the head, something for the heart..."
How does courage relate to True North?
Breakthrough -- transcendent, enduring achievement -- requires all the Cardinal Virtues, and courage most of all.
Courage, like True North, entails head and heart. Courage without the head is simply foolhardiness.
Courage means you understand the risks, and do it anyway.
Is courage a virtue under any circumstance? I'd say not. (Is a courageous terrorist admirable?)
Courage is admirable when exercised in the service of others, of a greater good, of True North.
In summary, achieving True North requires all the cardinal virtues and none more than courage.
In fact, all the virtues depend on courage.
Have you ever delegated a task and the team or person you delegated the task to goes down the wrong path? This often happens when management delegates a problem-solving task but have already determined what they want the answer to that problem to be. There is a time for delegation
In Episode 2 of Lean Whiskey, Mark Graban and Jamie Flinchbaugh, longtime friends, lean thinkers, and whiskey enthusiasts, join forces to enjoy a casual conversation — mostly about lean and a little bit about whiskey. We start by thanking the listeners of Episode 1 who shared their response to hearing
Been reflecting about each of these lately, and how they relate.
But what’s Ethics got to do with anything?
We’re in a proverbial knowledge economy. The market caps of, say, Google, Facebook and Apple, dwarf that of Toyota.
Google, Facebook and Apple have comparatively little in physical capital. ‘All’ they have is intellectual capital, and in particular, human capital.
How does human capital differ, from say, physical or financial capital?
Unlike, say, a machine, or a bond, human capital can chose not to deploy. Human capital can chose to walk out the door, in fact.
“That army will win which has the same spirit,” said Sun Tsu twenty-five hundred years ago. It’s never been more true.
Yet Gallup’s latest State of the Global Workplace report tells us that only 13% of employees are engaged in their work!
Big company disease and organizational dysfunction is so deeply entrenched that we barely flinch at such data.
Imagine you’re a factory manager and your machines are operating at only 13% of capacity!
Why are people so disengaged? Gallup doesn’t say. But I suspect that disillusionment, or even disgust, at what the organization stands for, or how management behaves, is a major reason.
There’s more. Millennials (those born after 1980) will comprise 75% of the workforce by 2025. And Gallup tells us that ethical behavior in corporations is even more important to millennials than to their parents.
Of course Ethics matters. People will not follow swine, at least not willingly, for very long. People will certainly not commit their hearts and minds – unless they feel good about what the organization stands for.