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  • Safety In Numbers: What Message Are We Sending?

    Jamie Parker practices Lean and is passionate about learning and sharing Lean leadership. She has 15 years’ experience in operations management / leadership across retail, service, and manufacturing environments. Jamie serves as an internal coach to her organization’s operations manag...

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  • Don’t Let the Perfect Get In the Way of the Good

    You may have noticed that Ron, Kevin, Jon, and I contribute to the Gemba Academy blog on a rotating schedule.  My articles are posted the third Friday of each month.   For the next several months I’ll use this schedule to highlight best practices from the Gemba Academy community. ...

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  • Protect the Process

    This article is a continuation of the series based on best practices from the Gemba Academy community. Part 1: Don’t Let Perfect Get in the Way of Good Part 2: Create a Learning Path   It’s easy to get consumed with KPIs and financial statements and use these to drive correct...

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  • Lean Lessons from Tough Mudder

    May 2016 I had the bright idea that I’d register for the Michigan Tough Mudder Mud Run, then find a way to get in shape (ready, fire, aim).  I had seen ads and social media posts from finishers and thought to myself “That looks like fun,” but didn’t really know what I...

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  • Happy Thanksgiving

    During this time of Thanksgiving we would like to express to you our sincere appreciation to each and every one of you for reading our blog, listening to our podcast, and watching our videos.  Because of you, we are able to do the work we love.  We are deeply thankful and extend to you ...

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  • How Do I Teach My Team?

    I like to think that a large part of a leader’s job is to teach, coach, mentor and inspire.  And, working for people who do this well is often a great experience.  The trouble is that there is typically little, if any, training in these areas when people first transition into lead...

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  • McProcess

    I recently saw the movie “The Founder”— the story of Ray Kroc and the McDonald’s empire. The movie does a good job of illustrating what one can do with the right opportunity, enough drive, and a lot of moral flexibility. We’ll just say that respect for people was an ...

    Tags: article, Blogging, Kaizen, Lean, Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Off Topic, Productivity, The Dark Side of Lean

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  • Following Their Moral Compass

    By Steve Kane As an aviation enthusiast and airplane pilot, I take an interest in pretty much all kinds of flying.  YouTube provides seemingly endless entertainment for people like me.  I recently started watching lots of videos on paramotoring, also called powered paragliding or PPG. ...

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  • Lean Outside of Manufacturing

    By Steve Kane There are so many examples of lean in manufacturing that it can be easy to understand how well suited the methodology is for that industry.  Folks in other types of organizations and roles often comment that it is difficult to translate lean for non-manufacturing environments....

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  • “I Didn’t Teach the Dog Anything”

    The Dog is a Handful I have a Jack Russell Terrier named Kirby.  Kirby has some–how should I put it–less than desirable behavioral traits.  He’s a great dog most of the time.  Other times, he can be a handful.  For example, no one is permitted to leave the h...

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