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Doing Versus Being – How Mindfulness Supports Better Lean Thinking, Part 2
Most companies don’t get the desired results from lean transformations, according to Mike Orzen, lean practitioner and LEI faculty member. Their people get stuck in stages 1, 2, or 3 of awareness, failing to reach level 4, "being." Learn how to go from "doing" lean to the more creative, less stressful state of "being" in the second of Mike's two posts on mindfulness.… More »
Be a Better Coach; Learn to “Force” Reflection Part 2: Forcing Managers and Execs to Reflect
Most of the people on your team don’t learn from practicing continuous improvement. The reason is that their brains are programmed by nature to skip the most important part of the PDCA method– reflection. It’s so important that you have to “force” people to reflect, according to David Verble, who learned to coach as a Toyota HR manager. In this two-part story, he shows you want to do and what to say to force reflection.… More »
Be a Better Coach; Learn to “Force” Reflection, Part 1
Most of the people on your team don’t learn from practicing continuous improvement. The reason is that their brains are programmed by nature to skip the most important part of the PDCA method– reflection. It’s so important that you have to “force” people to reflect, according to David Verble, who learned to coach as a Toyota HR manager. In this two-part story, he shows you want to do and what to say to force reflection.… More »
PDCA thinking and the NCAA March Madness tournament
"There is so much thinking that goes into this thing called 'Bracketology,' which gives sports fans a way to 'grasp the situation' of their favorite team (or the one they may be cheering for at tournament time)," write Tracey and Ernie Richardson. Ad a lot of that thinking may have more in common with lean than you might expect. Read more.… More »
A Thriving Community of Practice
"Lean theory and practice are thriving here in early 2017 with the arrival of a small but rich batch of new books," writes LEI Chairman and CEO John Shook. "These recent and upcoming books all bring new ideas and new stories that can help grow and energize the lean community..." Read more.… More »
Lean Roundup: Continuous Problem-Solving
Continuing his popular Lean Roundup series, LEI Senior Editor Tom Ehrenfeld covers a key topic in lean circles that also happens to be a key theme at the 2017 Lean Transformation Summit: continuous problem solving.… More »
Getting to Sustainability
Sustaining gains from kaizen thinking is one of the hardest, and certainly most misunderstood, aspects of this work. It’s misunderstood because the actual change takes place at the beginning of the journey. Learn one of the best ways to Get to Sustainability from LEI faculty members Tracey and Ernie Richardson.… More »
Making Things Better - Lean Streets: Improving Road Maintenance in Washington State
Ever feel like your home city or town needs to step up its game in maintaining road conditions? People in Washington State certainly have - and for them, lean turned out to be the way to efficient and effective road maintenance. Steve Gorcester played a major role in this lean transformation - here's his story.… More »
PDCA, Fitness Apps, and Using Social Media to Improve Our Health
"Health isn't about always being perfect," writes lean coach Tracey Richardson. "Just like in our organizations, we all have imperfect days. It’s how we change our process to meet expectations that is important."… More »
Personal PDCA and How I Learned It
"In 23 years at Toyota, I had many assignments and different bosses, I managed many people," writes Mark Reich, "but a constant part of the culture was what I’ve come to call 'personal PDCA' – a kind of mentored self-development cycle." Read how Reich came to understand this principle himself and how he teaches it to others.… More »
Make the Shift: From “Churn and Burn” to Learn
Already practicing PDCA? Not so familiar with it? "If you’re not squarely in the PDCA camp, please accept this invitation to join!," writes Deborah McGee. "Begin anywhere, begin today and humbly let the next task you master become one you learn from."… More »
GTS6 + E3 = DNA (Break the Code for Standardization, Sustainability, and Kaizen)
There's no "formula" for doing Lean well, but there are principles and practices that keep you on track. Read Tracey Richardson's (memorable) advice for leading effectively at work.… More »
Innovation at Smartphone Speed
Ever wonder what it takes to make those smartphone chips? Learn how IBM continuously improves smartphone technology using lean thinking (whether or not they ever call it lean).… More »
PDCA is the Breath of Lean
"PDCA is to Lean what breathing is to human beings," writes Mark Donovan. This is why it's important to practice PDCA continuously. So why is it so hard for some of us and how do we help instill PDCA thinking in our organizations? Read more.… More »
No Do, No Learn
Developing new skills and capabilities at work requires regular, ongoing practice. But despite our good intentions, many of us struggle practicing new skills and behaviors. Lean coach Eric Ethington reflects on why.… More »
Lean Talks: Lean Thinking at a Knitting Factory in Bali
Mark Donovan, co-founder of the knitwear company Wooden Ships, shares how he's worked to build the problem solving capabilities of his team members.… More »
Hanging Up My Cape
"Managers and front line workers hustle to work around problems resulting from poorly designed work systems... and with such pride!" writes lean coach Josh Howell. While he remembers them fondly, read why Howell is long past his superhero days.… More »
Why Lean Startup Experiments are Hard to Design
Grace Ng, co-founder of Javelin (a software and services company dedicated to implementing Lean Startup), reflects on what she's learned helping entrepreneurs launch products and services that thrive on rapid cycles of experimentation.… More »
Learning Through Struggle
LEI coach Danielle Blais reflects on one of the most frustrating (and ultimately, most rewarding) coaching moments she's experienced so far in her career.… More »
How a Problem-Solving Culture Takes Root
Changing one's own leadership behaviors is no easy task, but it can be done. Leaders can shift away from giving top-down commands and solutions to a more engaging and collaborative way of addressing problems that both gets results and develops people.… More »
In Lean and On the Green, Adaptability is Key
What parallels can be drawn between lean learning and achievement on the golf course? The concept of continuous improvement is certainly one, but Francesco Possio sees more.… More »
The Problem with the US Open
What do Roger Federer, ESPN, and the US Open have to do with problem solving?… More »
PDCA: The Scientific Method or the Artistic Process?
What does lean have to do with art? Lean practitioner and sculptor Karyn Ross says the two really aren't so different at all. What do you think?… More »
A Good Night’s Sleep
How often do you find yourself jumping to a solution without understanding the problem? If we're really interested in solving problem, we have to slow down.… More »
Engaging Physicians to Solve Real Problems in Healthcare
Trained in the scientific method, practical to the core, focused on the patient--one would think physicians would be the first adopters of lean thinking and practice, but many healthcare professionals resist learning more about what lean can do for them. Dr. Jack Billi explains why this may be and makes the case for lean in healthcare.… More »
Upcycling Products Customers Actually Want
Nathan Rothstein, president of Project Repat, shares the story of how his startup evolved from an interesting idea to a successful business.… More »
PDCA on Lean.org
The A3 as a PDCA Storyboard
Thanks to Dave LaHote for sharing this PowerPoint that explains what an A3 is and how it can be used. This presentation was designed for using A3s to report on changes made as a result of kaizens or t… More »
The Lean Dentist Webinar Follow-Up Questions & Answers
After reviewing all the questions that we couldn’t get to during the webinar with Dr. Sami Bahri, several key themes emerged, such as lean leadership and how lean tools, such as one-piece flow (or in … More »
Follow-up Q & A to the Webinar "Integrating Leader Standard Work with Visual Management Tools”
This webinar was one of our most popular and highly rated. From among the hundreds of questions that we received during the webinar, we selected those representing the most popular topics for a follow… More »
Go and See the Lean Supply Chain: Gemba-Based Workshop
This two-day workshop is part of our new series of special programs which combine classroom learning with practical experience at the gemba. The workshop is conducted at the LeanCor Supply Chain Grou… More »
Online - Introduction to Lean Thinking and Practice
This online course serves as an introduction to the key concepts, philosophies, and tools associated with lean thinking and practice. Designed through a joint effort between the Lean Enterprise Instit… More »
Getting the Right Things Done
For companies to be competitive, leaders must engage people at all levels in order to focus their energy and enable them to apply lean principles to everything they do. Strategy deployment, called hos… More »
Hanging Up My Cape
"Managers and front line workers hustle to work around problems resulting from poorly designed work systems... and with such pride!" writes lean coach Josh Howell. While he remembers them fondly, read why Howell is long past his superhero days.… More »
Why Lean Startup Experiments are Hard to Design
Grace Ng, co-founder of Javelin (a software and services company dedicated to implementing Lean Startup), reflects on what she's learned helping entrepreneurs launch products and services that thrive on rapid cycles of experimentation.… More »
Learning Through Struggle
LEI coach Danielle Blais reflects on one of the most frustrating (and ultimately, most rewarding) coaching moments she's experienced so far in her career.… More »
How a Problem-Solving Culture Takes Root
Changing one's own leadership behaviors is no easy task, but it can be done. Leaders can shift away from giving top-down commands and solutions to a more engaging and collaborative way of addressing problems that both gets results and develops people.… More »
In Lean and On the Green, Adaptability is Key
What parallels can be drawn between lean learning and achievement on the golf course? The concept of continuous improvement is certainly one, but Francesco Possio sees more.… More »
The Problem with the US Open
What do Roger Federer, ESPN, and the US Open have to do with problem solving?… More »
PDCA: The Scientific Method or the Artistic Process?
What does lean have to do with art? Lean practitioner and sculptor Karyn Ross says the two really aren't so different at all. What do you think?… More »
A Good Night’s Sleep
How often do you find yourself jumping to a solution without understanding the problem? If we're really interested in solving problem, we have to slow down.… More »
Engaging Physicians to Solve Real Problems in Healthcare
Trained in the scientific method, practical to the core, focused on the patient--one would think physicians would be the first adopters of lean thinking and practice, but many healthcare professionals resist learning more about what lean can do for them. Dr. Jack Billi explains why this may be and makes the case for lean in healthcare.… More »
Upcycling Products Customers Actually Want
Nathan Rothstein, president of Project Repat, shares the story of how his startup evolved from an interesting idea to a successful business.… More »
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