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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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The Lean Law of Unintended Consequences

The Law of Unintended Consequences has typically and historically referred to economic or political intervention into complex systems that creates unanticipated and often undesirable social outcomes. However, not all unintended consequences are negative; often there can also be unexpected benefits.

Every organization and every company is a very complex system … Continue reading

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Walk Out Wednesday

Direct observation is always a challenge but imagine the challenge to do it safely on a live railroad track with a train coming your way at 120 mph.

Direct observation requires commitment and Network rail is making the commitment.  How many organizations would give, and in this case require, the … Continue reading

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Creativity—An Intended Consequence

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I couldn’t possibly count the number of times I heard that “I work in an environment that requires creativity and lean doesn’t apply to my work.”  Over and over again I have offered how important lean principles are to creating an environment for creativity.  I am convinced more than ever … Continue reading

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