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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 14 December 2020, 4:00 PM
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By Pascal Dennis (bio)

Plato, Socrates and Aristotle asked this question 2,500 years ago. Both eastern and western philosophy is largely the search for an answer.

Clayton Christensen, author of The Innovator's Dilemma, Harvard professor, and classic hyper-achiever is raising the same question.

(Quite a conversion, no? Master of the universe to philosopher. Good on you, Clayton.)

In a recent interview, Dr. Christensen remarks that he is struck by how badly the lives of his fellow hyper-achievers have turned out.

Messy divorces, estranged kids, and even, in some cases, fraud and imprisonment.

Can Lean principles help to answer this most important question? I believe it can.

Lean thinking is anchored in standards -- images of how things should be.

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Values are standards. Integrity entails adherence to one's personal standards.

Those of you kind enough to read my books may have noted an emphasis on the Cardinal Virtues.

Prudence, Temperance, Courage and Justice, are, of course, standards of behavior.

Low-down, miserable, tricky, treacherous beings such as us have a hard time living up to them.

But we have to try, and in doing so we partially succeed -- and that makes all difference.

So what is a good life? I'd say a good life entails having good values, and trying to live up to them.

Thanks Dr C. for raising the question.

Best regards,

Pascal




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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 14 December 2020, 12:00 PM
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Thanks as always to Ryan McCormick for this… there's always so much good reading, listening, and viewing shared here by him! One more note from Mark: Check out Episode 26 of “My Favorite Mistake” with singer and radio host Yaya Diamond as our guest. Healthcare — Creating Value for Patients Virginia Mason shares its lessons […]

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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 14 December 2020, 12:00 PM
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As 2020 comes to an end and we look toward 2021 I wanted to revisit some tips. The Lean Tips published daily are meant to be advice, things I learned from experience, and some knowledgeable tidbits about Lean to help you along your journey. Here are the top 10 Lean tips from this past year: Lean Tip #2528 – Challenge the Way You Work Encourage employees to keep looking anew at the way they approach their work. Ask people what works well and what doesn't. Allocate time for thinking about...

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by LSSU Admin - Sunday, 13 December 2020, 8:44 PM
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Note: After doing so for the first 25 episodes, I'm going to stop cross-posting all of the episodes here to LeanBlog.org. I'll post about the podcast if there is a guest from the Lean community. To make sure you learn about all future episodes, click here to learn how to subscribe and be notified.

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by LSSU Admin - Friday, 11 December 2020, 12:00 PM
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On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.


"Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude."   — Zig Ziglar
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I was incredibly saddened today to hear that Norman Bodek passed away yesterday in Japan, where he had recently moved with his wife, Noriko. Norman was 88. This was announced through an email from Norman's company, PCS Press, and I had previously seen it announced by a few people on LinkedIn. Here is his obituary. […]

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I'm excited that Episode #25 of my new podcast “My Favorite Mistake” is now released! Note: I'm going to stop cross-posting all of the episodes here to LeanBlog.org. I'll post about the podcast if there is a guest from the Lean community. To make sure you learn about all future episodes, click here to learn […]

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by LSSU Admin - Thursday, 10 December 2020, 1:53 AM
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What gifts will you be giving — or receiving — this holiday season? The gift of learning is one that never ends! My Gift of Learning For YOU! If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to learn from Mr. Yoshino through the book Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn. my gift of learning to you […]

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by LSSU Admin - Wednesday, 9 December 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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by LSSU Admin - Wednesday, 9 December 2020, 10:00 AM
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Brainstorming & Planning Tools for Looking Ahead to 2021

In what may feel like the longest year ever, 2020 is finally coming to a close.

If you are looking ahead to 2021, brainstorming and project planning tools are some of the best ways to visualize ideas and organize information as you look to the future and decide what new projects to tackle and problems to solve.