Archive for March, 2014

30
Mar

LEAN & TOC … compatible cousins

This week’s Issue | 31/03/2014 California rocked our world a couple of times last week.   First, Mariela and I enjoy working with organizations doing training coaching and helping them implement improvements.  But the real reward is when we get to see individuals light up with excitement as they understand the potential of methodologies and watch them implement new processes that deliver dramatic results.  Such was the case in working with a team implementing a flow

24
Mar

Creating a LEAN CULTURE

This week’s Issue | 24/03/2014 One of our models is to employ “Action Teams” to implement opportunities that arise after completing an Enterprise Value Stream event.  But lately, we have been deploying the model of training and creating “Special Forces teams” that are focused on the ability to quickly assess an opportunity and using the combination of SMED and basic times studies rapidly create cells that deliver amazing results. For example the team this past week was able

17
Mar

RECOGNITION & REWARD IDEAS

This week’s Issue | 17/03/2014 We are currently delivering our Supervisor Training Program with an organization.  One of the topics discussed was employee recognition when one of our student Christine shared the contents of a book called The Carrot Principal which shares 120 great ideas to recognize your employees.   I snipped a few of them to stimulate your thinking and perhaps pause and recognize your team.  An interesting comment in the books was the following;   We have

09
Mar

Ten Leadership Musts for your Lean Journey

This week’s Issue | 10/03/2014 This week we review 10 leadership musts for your Lean journey or any journey for that matter.  For fun you may enjoy this Honda commercial ... Honda's ad agency does it again!   CLICK HERE

02
Mar

CELL MATERIAL FLOW ??? RIGHT OR LEFT ??

This week’s Issue | 03/03/2014 Came home from Nashville to Toronto on Friday leaving 40 degree F weather for a colder 0 degree F ... guess we went in the wrong direction.  More surprising was how many people at the Toronto airport who returned from very sunny places returned wearing shorts and sandals.  What were they thinking?  It is very cold and snowy here ... could they not have thought ahead and dressed more appropriately?  Guess these are