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Examining Lincoln (James not Abraham)

For most of the 90’s I had the good fortune to consult with Chrysler Corp. working primarily on the implementation of the Chrysler Operating System (COS) which was led by Chrysler EVP, Dennis Pawley. During that same period, my future partner Jamie Flinchbaugh, was employed at Chrysler and instrumental in … Continue reading

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Dog with a Bone

Over the last several months I have been like a “dog with a bone” with my concerns and insistence that there is a risk that Factory 4.0 and the digital transformation will go the same route of many failed lean transformations.  The foundation of my concern is that Factory 4.0 … Continue reading

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What is a “Community’?

I find it compelling and a bit disturbing that the more connected we become the more isolated we become. It’s no mystery that Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks have connected more people together than could have ever been imaged 15-20 years ago. It’s also no mystery that making … Continue reading

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THERE IS NO DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

As indicated in an article I posted in July, I am extremely interested and almost consumed with the role the lean community should and must play in the “digital transformation”. The more research I do the more convinced I am that we as a lean community need to more than … Continue reading

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Digital Lean- Are we doomed to repeat the sins of the past?

When I was asked to help MAEX Partners in Germany develop a digital readiness assessment my first thought was “why me”. As many of you know I am not a technological pioneer or even very technologically capable. However, what I learned during a recent industry tour is that the digital … Continue reading

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The Essence of Lean Leadership

I was recently asked during The Lean Leadership Podcast hosted by Chris Burnham “What advice might I give an organization that is well on it’s way in their lean journey”.  Not an easy question to quickly answer but I didn’t hesitate–DISCIPLINE.  Jim Collins in his book “Good to Great” discusses … Continue reading

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