The Dark Side of Lean Management

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The Dark Side of Lean Management There is a dark side to Lean Management, even as the benefits of Lean are enormous!  The failure rate for Lean programs, per many Lean experts can be very discouraging. Recently, speaking at a Lean Management conference, experts from...

Non-Biased Business Systems

Non-Biased Business Systems
Non-biased business systems enable management to make good decisions without presumption or partiality. Systems are inanimate objects, as they have no predisposition or prejudice. The kind of business systems I’m talking about don’t know a white person from a black...

How to Sustain Lean – Take a Lean Tour

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How to sustain Lean once lean practices are implemented, is the NOT-so-Lean-ELEPHANT in the room that many “gurus-of-lean” seem to overlook! These Lean “Rah-Rah” folks enjoy showing the housekeeping side of lean, called 5s, because it’s out in the open for all to see...

Close Shave for a Lean Business

You may remember the old Burma Shave signs, lined up one after another along a two-lane highway. Now, that was a great marketing campaign! These simple red signs with white lettering were spaced about 100 feet apart. Each sign had part of a fun-to-read message or...

I’m Mad At You!

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I’ve been in business 35 years, and I know breakdowns in business courtesy happen all the time. But, recently I wanted to get in a certain prospect’s face and yell, “I’m really MAD at you!” The situation reminded me of a book I used to read to my son in the...

Simplification of Business

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A popular business philosophy touted by those “in the know” is simplification of business. It can overcome big problems in small or large businesses. Simplification of business is, simply, making the decision to standardize the product sold and manufactured....

Wimpy Bosses

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I’ve been fortunate to work with many businesses, owners and managers, but frankly, I’ve never come across so many WIMPY BOSSES, as I do today! Sad, that in our increasingly “PC” (politically correct) society, people are often offended by the most amazingly trivial...