This week’s Issue | 17/06/2013

This week we received some great news about a client colleague.  MichaelProfit was diagnosed several months ago with cancer where his esophagus and stomach connect.  After enduring several months of Chemo and being fed through a feeding tube, Mike ended up having surgery on May 31st to remove the final remnants of the tumor.  The great news is that the surgeon was able to remove all of the tumor and at the conclusion of the surgery declare Michael to be cancer free !!!  I am certain this journey has definitely changed his outlook on life.


In this week’s newsletter we hope to change the paradigm for some organizations chasing improved profitability from instead of cost cutting to increased investment.  Hope some of the tips will stimulate some Thought Starters  …


Mariela and I will be travelling in Europe during the weeks of July 8 & 15th.  Our agenda is pretty open other than a couple of family meetings and meeting a good friend in the UK during later part of the week of the 15th.  If your organization would like some Lean Awareness training or seminar presentation … make sure to contact us to see if we can accommodate within our schedule.  It may cost you some travel expenses and a meal though …


Meanwhile this past weekend the RLG and I attended the first annual Legends of the Autobahn at Mosport Racing Park here in Ontario.  Mariela has always had a great eye for detail (which makes her awesome when doing 5S+1), but even she was humbled as she was trained on how to inspect and score cars in the Concours section of the event.  However she did appreciate getting a straw hat to signify her as a judge.


Finally …. some Historical Trivia

In George Washington’s days, there were no cameras. One’s image was either sculpted or painted.  Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms.  Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted.  Arms and legs are ‘limbs,’ therefore painting them would cost the buyer more.  Hence the expression, ‘Okay, but it’ll cost you an arm and a leg.’   (Artists know hands and arms are more difficult to paint)

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