Lean is Not About Principles

Lately I’ve been involved in several conversations of “Is lean about tools or is it about principles?” Hardly anybody argues for the tools. The popular consensus is that Lean is about principles, but it is a vague and loose consensus at best. What do we mean by principles? One definition of principle is

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The Lean Journey: It’s in the Name

While attending a recent event showcasing the ongoing lean transformation at a local hospital, I was reminded of the meaning of “journey”. Those of us practicing continuous improvement for our personal benefit or on behalf of an organization’s mission often speak in terms of a CI journey, a Lean journey, service

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GA 160 | The Power of Job Methods with Steve Brenneman

Today’s episode is a presentation by Steve Brenneman, CEO of the Aluminum Trailer Company, from this year’s TWI Summit in San Diego. In this powerful and informative talk, Steve shares how they use Job Methods, one of the components of TWI. Slides from Steve’s presentation can be found here. An

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To Lead with Respect, Stop Boring People

One of the greatest challenges for leaders of an organization is to keep people engaged in the work. Annual Gallup polls tell us that less than a third of U.S. workers are engaged. People who are engaged deliver better quality, productivity and service, whereas disengaged people perform worse and erode profit.

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Ensconcing Paranoia in Rules

Silly boy you got so much to live for So much to aim for, so much to try for You blow it all with, paranoia You’re so insecure you, self-destroyer paranoia, they destroy ya It’s been over a week since the United incident where Dr. David Dao was forcibly removed

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GA 159 | Lean and Profitability with Jim Lancaster

Today’s guest is Jim Lancaster, CEO of Lantech. Ron and Jim discussed Lantech’s fascinating history and lean journey, including the obstacles they’ve faced over the years. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that inspires Jim (4:02) Jim’s background

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