Hopefully this got your attention. I’m not suggesting that lean is dead and gone. What I am suggesting is that’s its dead and mummified, it’s not flourishing. More and more organizations are growing as they embrace lean and are more effective in their transformation. But is lean as … Continue reading
I recently had dinner in Amsterdam with a good friend and colleague who I consider one of the best management consultants I have had the opportunity to be associated with for many years. I always get some new insights when we chat but surprisingly … Continue reading
In addition to my consulting practice I own (and occasionally get involved in) my used car dealership (consultant and used car dealer—you can stop laughing now). What I have discovered is that the C-suite, BOD, or any senior leadership team of any large company could greatly benefit if they were … Continue reading
Lean doesn’t happen just because you want it to. There are enablers that make it possible. Trust is one of those enablers. In this brief conversation between Jamie Flinchbaugh and myself, we explore the relationship between lean and trust.
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 … Continue reading
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.
It seems that “direct observation” has become more fashionable in the lean community. I don’t mean to sound cynical but I’m always concerned when a lean practice or principle seems to takes on a life of its own or is considered the “next best thing”. Don’t get me wrong, I … Continue reading
I am convinced more than ever that the application and value of lean is widely recognized and accepted across all industries and segments of industries from hospital, to hotels, to Hollywood productions. Sometimes I forget the broad potential of lean but it was further reinforced from a few recent Lean … Continue reading