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Lack of Leadership Support? You won’t want to hear this, but…

Lack of Leadership Support? You won't want to hear this, but... By Dwayne Butcher, VP, Lean Frontiers, Inc. It's guaranteed. At any Summit, on any webinar, or at any workshop, I'll hear, "How can I get executive leadership involved in lean?" Let me cut to the chase... the chances are that you can't and you [...]

Lean Strategy Implementation: Success is Achievable Through the Accountant

Lean Strategy Implementation: Success is Achievable Through the Accountant By Gary Kapanowski (Join Gary at the annual Lean Accounting & Management Summit, September 12-13, 2019 in Austin, TX) - The general consensus is that if the strategic plan is constructed properly, then it will be implemented successfully — similar to the idea expressed by Chevy [...]

Why it is important to just get opinions and feelings.

Why it is important to just get opinions and feelings. By Richard Abercrombie The job of a supervisor does not end by knowing the work and training the employees.  The supervisor must also secure maximum cooperation from each individual person. But a person’s opinions and feelings are directly involved in the degree to which he [...]

The Origin of the Simulated Work Environment

The Origin of the Simulated Work Environment by Ken Knight with Jim Huntzinger In early 1999, General Motors (GM) started a project which ultimately became the Lansing Grand River (LGR) plant in Lansing, MI, the United Automobile Workers (UAW) Local 652 would represent members not only at the new project but also the Lansing Assembly [...]

Toyota Kata strengthens the application of A3

Toyota Kata Strengthens the Application of A3 Article Contribution by Gene Kaschak and Oscar Roche, March 2019 An Operations Manager at a winery in Australia has often said “You know when something new is worthwhile because it compliments and strengthens what is often already in place.” The Toyota Kata patterns fit right into A3s and [...]

How to Understand the Individual Employee

How to Understand the Individual Employee By Richard Abercrombie Essential to helping people learn and grow is knowing what they are feeling and understanding their opinions. Learning how to grasp those opinions and feelings is thus pivotal. A good supervisor understands and respects these opinions and feelings when giving appropriate guidance. How can the supervisor [...]

Lean HR Resources: 6 Creative Presentations

Lean HR Resources: 6 Creative Presentations Enjoy these presentations from the first “Pecha Kucha” event at the Lean HR & People Development Summit. Pecha Kucha is a presentation format designed for short, rapid presentations that tell a story. Join us for the 2019 Lean HR & People Development Summit and share YOUR story at the [...]

Pet Peeve: “We Have a Skills Shortage”

Pet Peeve: "We have a skills shortage." I have a few pet peeves (just ask my wife), but most of them involve toothpaste lids and ketchup on steak. One that crosses into the professional side of my life though is hearing those in industry complain that they "can't hire good people" or that there is [...]

Leadership Development Through Toyota Kata

Leadership Development Through Toyota Kata NOTE: This article was written by Sam Wagner of FAST Global Solutions. Sam is a TWI and Toyota Kata Thought Leader and has appeared several times as featured speaker at the annual TWI Summit and Toyota Kata Summit. (this year held in Savannah, GA, February 18-22, 2019). Learn more about [...]

Top 15 Lean Conferences of 2020

Top 15 Lean Conferences of 2020 There is no shortage of lean-related events in 2020, from small regional conferences, to workshops, to large international events that draw the world’s top thought leaders. This list captures what we believe to be the best events, run by the best organizations, for those seeking to learn and network [...]