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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.

    Click this link for A Lean Journey's Facebook Page Notes Feed.
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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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              by LSSU Admin - Monday, 22 June 2020, 12:00 PM
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              I finally read Practicing Lean, edited by Mark Graban. Rather, I should say I listened to the audible book which was recently released. The idea behind this book came from Mark who espouses continuous improvement is never something one masters, but rather is a lifelong practice. As Mark points out, people talk about lean thinking, doing lean, implementing lean etc., but all of these phrases miss the point. Lean thinking does not contain any action; doing lean does not contain any thinking,...

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                by LSSU Admin - Saturday, 20 June 2020, 1:10 AM
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                Thanks as always to Ryan McCormick for this… Summer is approaching which means it's time to review the 10 most popular mixtape links of 2020 so far.  Here are the 10 most clicked links from 2020: 1.  The crisis has caused many of us to rethink how we lead and operate, including Toyota as evident […]

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                  by LSSU Admin - Friday, 19 June 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.


                  "It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow."  ...

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                    by LSSU Admin - Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 12:00 PM
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                    I recently had some time to read a book I have been meaning to get to. Getting Home tells the wonderful story of a very special lean journey. Zack, a defense lawyer, and Liz, a schoolteacher, left their careers temporarily to rebuild homes for desperate survivors of Hurricane Katrina but wound up staying in New Orleans, where they reconstructed the entire process for rebuilding after disasters. After a chance meeting, they wound up partnering with Toyota to apply TPS to cut the time and cost of...

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