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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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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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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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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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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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