Author Archives: Christian Paulsen

About Christian Paulsen

Christian Paulsen is an Executive Consultant with 20 years of Lean Manufacturing. Chris adds value to organizations by driving process improvement and bottom line savings. Chris intends to help others by sharing the lessons learned after a quarter century of operational leadership, marriage, parenting, and even longer as a Cubs fan. Your comments on this blog are welcome. You can also connect with Chris via LinnkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook in the right sidebar. Chris welcomes your comments. Christian's professional services are available by contacting him through LinkedIn (right side bar)

7 Reasons – Part 2

We have already started to look at the link between  Leadership and Trust in part 1 of this post.  A recent Forbes article by Glenn Llopis discusses 7 behaviors that cause mistrust while Stephen Covey discusses 13 ways the best leaders build trust at … Continue reading

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7 Reasons Why Your Team Doesn’t Trust You and 13 Ways to Build Trust

There seems to be no shortage of magazine articles and blogs talking about the link between  Leadership and Trust.  A recent Forbes article by Glenn Llopis discusses 7 behaviors that cause mistrust while Stephen Covey discusses 13 ways the best leaders build trust … Continue reading

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3 Leadership Lessons from a Coaching Legend – Another Look at the Original Ice Bowl

I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – … Continue reading

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Keurig & Visual Management

 Brewing excellence, one cup at a time. Keurig’s innovative single cup brewing system lets people brew the perfect cup of gourmet coffee in less than a minute, without having to grind beans, measure coffee, handle filters or clean up. It’s … Continue reading

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Culture is Everything

We tried all this five-years ago but it didn’t last long….We don’t have any problems.  I don’t see how it could get any better….I know how to solve that, we fixed that problem twenty-years ago.  Does this sound like Lean cultures to … Continue reading

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The Medal of Honor and Leadership

Many of you saw tales of heroic deeds over the recent Memorial Day celebration in the United States.   We take the time to learn of heroes and the stories of their unselfish and personally risky actions that we taken … Continue reading

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Honor, justice, and humanity…

“Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding … Continue reading

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5S and the Food Manufacturing Industry

5S is more than a simple housekeeping initiative.  5S is a five-step process that transforms a traditional work site into a visual factory and lays the foundation for a Lean Enterprise Transformation.  It can benefit any organization and brings unique … Continue reading

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Team Involvement: Just Half of This Equation

The level of involvement in the change process for the operator on the floor has been an ongoing issue for years.  The operators are less likely to take ownership or even accept the new idea as a solution.  On the … Continue reading

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Is Your Toyota Dealer Lean?

A white board catches my eye while at a Toyota dealer.  It reminds me of the many boards used to communicate Lean activities in manufacturing, hospitals, and other sites that are in pursuit of a Lean Transformation.  I ask the manager … Continue reading

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