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5 Lessons Learned from Failure

Glenn Llopis wrote and interesting leadership article at Forbes titled 5 Things Failure Teaches You About Leadership some time ago.  It is uncanny how often general leadership articles seem to underscore Lean Principles and Lean Leadership.  The article is worth reading … 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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Simply Classic 5-Why’s

It’s a cold and rainy night in late October. You hurry out to your car in an effort to keep dry and because you are running late. You are not too wet as you get in and put your key … Continue reading

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Classic Lean: The 5-Why Root Cause Analysis

The top 3 classic Lean Leadership posts of 2012 were all about 5-Why’s. I’ve decided to run these in the order in which they were originally posted rather than ranking these three. This post generated quite a few comments which … Continue reading

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#4 – 2 Reasons to Do a Cause & Effect Diagram

The #4 Classic Lean Leadership post is a tool commonly used in Lean Six Sigma problem solving. That tool is the Cause & Effect (aka Fishbone) Diagram. You’ll notice that the illustration is a hand drawn C&E on a white … Continue reading

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Classic #5 – Change & the Pareto Principle

The Lean Leadership Classic #5 is Change Management and the Pareto Principle: This blog has been looking at change implementation which is a skill you need to be a successful leader in nearly any arena. We have already explored the 8 … Continue reading

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Kanban at Home

As you may already know, Kanban cards are used to indicate the need to replenish inventory.  They are a good tool to help minimize batch sizes and inventory. Here is an example of using Kanban at home.  Hopefully most readers … Continue reading

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Today’s Standardization….

  Today’s standardization…is the necessary foundation on which tomorrow’s improvements will be based.  If you think “standardization” as the best you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow – you get somewhere.  But if you think of standards … Continue reading

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Top 5 Plus 1

Today brings the first installment of our review of the top Lean Leadership blogs.  We’ll start with the top new posts of 2012.  It’s the top 5 plus 1 because we will look at the my top 5 plus the … Continue reading

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