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The Meta-Patterns of Innovation

The Meta-Patterns of Innovation by Mark Rosenthal When we study organizations whose performance stands out among their peers, we tend to try to understand the structural patterns of what they do. For instance, the product and process mechanics - how the inputs are transformed into outputs; the organization chart - who reports, and “is accountable” [...]

The Improvement Kata – A Way of Developing Scientific Thinking to Create an Agile Mindset

The Improvement Kata – A Way of Developing Scientific Thinking to Create an Agile Mindset “You know, we often lead change through projects in our organization but about 10% of the change is technology based, the rest is people based.” Bill Robertson - IT Director, De Bortoli Wines Australia, June 2018 Bill says it’s 90% [...]

Balancing the See-Saw of Process Changes and People

Balancing the See-Saw of Process Changes and People Lean or operational excellence programs tend to be strong on specifying the process or engineering angle of the future state manufacturing system. The people angle, on the other side, is often less developed. This imbalance delays operational excellence projects and lean conversions significantly, and performance improvements are [...]

Toyota Kata Illustrates Skill and “Need for Change” Obstacles

Toyota Kata Illustrates Skill and “Need for Change” Obstacles Article Note: The following article was authored by Oscar Roche and Mike Withka, hosts of a November 8, 2019 webinar titled, "Toyota Kata pulls in training and people needs at a custom bottling operation." Through the continued application of the Improvement Kata, and coaching, it appears [...]

How to Get Continuing Results with Job Instruction

How to Get Continuing Results with Job Instruction This blog post submitted by Boyd Rice, Vice President of Global Lean Performance System at S&C Electric Company The principles of Job Instruction are timeless.  Trainers have long known how to get good results by Preparing the Worker, Presenting the Operation, Trying-Out Performance, and Following Up.  They […]

Filling the Knowledge Gap: Competency = Knowledge + Skill + Behavior

Filling the Knowledge Gap: Competency = Knowledge + Skill + Behavior NOTE: This article was authored by Oscar Roche, Director of the TWI Institute Australia. How often do we teach someone to do something and then walk away assuming they will apply their new skill effectively? We observe afterwards that they are not applying the […]

Respect for People: The Timeless Principles of TWI Job Relations

Respect for People: The Timeless Principles of TWI Job Relations NOTE: The following post was authored by Boyd Rice of S&C Electric Company and was a featured presenter at the annual TWI Summit. The principles of Job Relations are timeless.  Leaders have long known how to get good results by Letting Each Person Know How […]

Zambian Internship

By Garek Huntzinger
July 6, 2017

In June of 2017, I spent a little over five weeks in Zambia, Africa on a self-led internship. I left home on May 25th, and got home on July 6th. This was my forth time visiting Africa, but the first time I stayed more than two weeks and the first time I worked there. The previous times had been visits with my father and sister. We were visiting the Enrights. My family has been close friends with them for many years. While I worked on their farm called Rivendell, I learned many things about the culture in Zambia, and how different …

Self-Creating Capital with help from Lean and the Free Market

by Jim Huntzinger
(Lean in Zambia – 2016)
In July 2016, my children and I returned to Zambia, Africa. The changes seem to come slow with each trip but they also come with a significant impact. The honey business is booming and has been doubling in output with each harvest (there are approximately 2.5 harvests per year). Sales internal to Zambia and several surrounding countries have substantially increased, as well as contracts with European export. As a result, the number of villagers earning income from honey harvests has increased to over 17,000; …

Spreading Hope by Creating Wealth

by Jim Huntzinger
(Lean in Zambia – 2013)
In August 2009 and August 2013 my children and I spent two weeks in Zambia, Africa. We were visiting and helping some close family friends that are missionaries. John and Kendra Enright are not typical missionaries. While they do have a very nice training center, the Kafakumba Training Center, which is used for a pastor school, family activities and other community events, the main focus and thrust of their work is setting up indigenous economic development. John has always…