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by LSSU Admin - Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 12:00 PM
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At the suggestion of multiple readers, I would like to take a deeper look into maintenance, especially total productive maintenance (TPM). Maintaining your machines and tools is important for your business. In many places, maintenance seems to be more reactive: if it breaks, fix it. Often, a better approach would be proactive maintenance: maintain it ... Read more

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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 22 February 2021, 4:00 PM
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By Pascal Dennis (bio)

In the beginning was the Word...

So begins the Old Testament, which Canadian scholar Northrop Fry called The Great Code, the blue-print for Western culture.

Indeed, language reflects how we think, how we experience life, and who we are.

What's this got to do with strategy & strategy deployment?
Strategy is story-telling, strategy is language.

But what if our language is foggy? What's a team to make of head-scratchers like the following?

"We will leverage our World Class Operating Capabilities” or “We'll reshape pricing tactics to effectively manage demand while sustaining market access.”

My advice, head for the hills!

Sorry, but such language often means the team is clueless.

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"We really don't understand what's happening, so let's slather on the buzzwords!"

I spend much of my time coaching senior leaders. My advice to them?

Ban fuzzy words & phrases!

Out with cliché! Down with the latest buzzwords!

Sayonara to 'leverage,' 'synergy,' 'disintermediation,' and 'robust' -- (to pick just a few).

PLAIN LANGUAGE, PLEASE!

We were lucky at our old Toyota plant.

Our Japanese senseis' grasp of English was very basic, which meant we had to express ourselves clearly & simply.

As a result, despite the language barrier, we communicated beautifully.

Best,

Pascal




In case you missed our last few blogs... please feel free to have another look…

Where Lean Has Gone Wrong & What to Do About It, Part 2
Where Lean Has Gone Wrong & What to Do About It, Part 1
What is Courage & What’s It Mean for Strategy?
"How Will You Motivate Your Team, Pascal-san?"



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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 22 February 2021, 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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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.


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by LSSU Admin - Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 3:11 PM
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I’ve long been a fan of Ed Schein, and his book Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling is one of my favorite leadership books.  I wrote about Schein several years ago and a colleague recently pointed me to a recent interview where he discusses the ramifications of humility on leadership and strategy.  He begins […]
 
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by LSSU Admin - Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 12:00 PM
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My guest for Episode #401 is my friend Jim Benson, who you might know as the co-author of the book Personal Kanban (and we talked about that in Episode 155, back in 2012). He was also a guest on Episode #4 of “My Favorite Mistake” with me. We recorded this using the LinkedIn Live platform. […]

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by LSSU Admin - Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 12:00 PM
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In order to be a good leader, respect is essential. Don’t take it for granted that your status will automatically earn you the respect of your colleagues, as it is something that must be earned over time and without it, it’s likely that you will have little authority and your colleagues will feel less inclined to place their trust in your ability to lead the team. Great leadership creates a climate of respect, an environment that sets high standards and supports everyone in doing their best....

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by LSSU Admin - Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 5:54 PM
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Sometimes the situation arises where the learner has been beating her head against an obstacle with little or no luck overcoming it. The question comes up: When is it OK to give up and switch to something else. The answer is, of course, a little situational. (Consultant speak: It depends…) The natural progression of the …
 
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The past two weeks, I've been part of an initiative that's like a social-benefit startup effort within a startup. It's a free platform called VacciNexus that connects healthcare professionals who are engaged in process improvements related to Covid-19 vaccinations. I've blogged about it on on the websites of the two main partners in this effort, […]

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by LSSU Admin - Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 12:00 PM
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A minimum level in a supermarket gives you a warning that a stock out is imminent. Hopefully it also gives you enough time to prevent such a stock out, even though this may result in firefighting. In my last post I talked on how to use a minimum level. This post will look at how ... Read more

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