Lean Thoughts


This week’s Issue | 18/03/2019

Happy St. Patrick’s day to everyone … with the day marked in green it is a nice gesture that spring will also be arriving shortly.  A lot of discussion recently about employee empowerment and what should it look like?   To be honest it will look a little bit different inside each organization so you will have to define what empowerment needs to look like for your organization.  What empowerment looks like today could be substantially different in a few years … since much about empowerment revolves around building trust. 

Also this week I came across Einstein’s Riddle … have a bit of fun figuring it out before you take the lazy approach and click the link to see the solution. 

And just in case you have to fly somewhere this week … hopefully you get this guy to perform the safety demonstration …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ct5Vg98zOg



This week’s Issue | 11/03/2019

For some there has been a debate for years of which methodology is better within an operation … Lean which helps identify and eliminate waste of the use of TOC (Theory Of Constraints) where we work to optimize a constraint within a process … but surprise both methodologies are actually in violent agreement and complementary to each other.

Guess my father was not very busy this past week and took some time to find this video to share about a pretty smart bird.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g74F1ZjKSyY 



This week’s Issue | 04/03/2019

My big AHAAA this week came as we worked with a local organization.   They have been in business for many years and thought that they were extremely good at their process … but as a team they had grown together with little outside influence … hence their processes just evolved around their conventional thinking without taking on some additional insights … so this now became a fun exercise for us.   Which reminded me that even if you think you have done a successful Lean deployment you have only just started the journey.

Then we zipped over to Quebec where we quickly witnessed a situation of customer intimidation because as a supplier we were unable to gain control of the meeting to gather the information we need to build a profitable and Lean process.  Capturing the Voice of the Customer (VOC) can be vital to your success in developing your process because the customer really does not know or understand your process so only asks for requirements based on their assumptions.

 

 

 



This week’s Issue | 25/02/2019

This week we were able to work with a team that thought they were doing great but they recognized that they were simply passing the same thoughts internally between each other and not gaining additional insights from outside eyes … so it was great to participate as an influencer.  We are going back to help them make some significant improvements … as they said we wanted to bring you in several years ago but just could not afford the investment … but we cringe at how much money they left on the table by waiting.

 

So this week we review some critical Leadership traits 

It was a great weekend for the planet as the Resident Love Goddess celebrated another birthday.  Fortunately we were able to assist her with the celebration.



This week’s Issue | 18/02/2019

Hope that all of you spoiled your significant other for Valentine’s day.  I decided to take the Resident Love Goddess out for lunch and a long walk on the beach even though it was in the negative temperatures and snowing … her warmth made for a good walk.

Many folks adopt Lean Methodologies incorrectly by implementing solutions first before defining what should be the purpose.  This week we want you to look at everyone of your processes as being done on a conveyor belt and then how can you improve it.   I implore you to look at those office processes where typically we find the most inefficiencies.  To get you started this video although funny is likely happening within your operations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NPzLBSBzPI

 I always was a fan of Super Dave and times when people followed instructions perfectly it could result in some negative results.  Hence we really need our people’s intuition to insure nothing bad will happen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nADJFmwoUIY



This week’s Issue | 11/02/2019

For the Resident Love Goddess and myself our biggest reward working with our client partners is to witness the personal growth of individuals.  So it was very cool to see operators that were shy to be board owners a year ago now report and reflect on performance as a business owner.  This week I was once again reminded just how important it is to assemble the troops to reflect on the previous month’s performance while planning for the coming three months. 

In spite of telling them that this was going to happen they did not believe and it reinforced to me the need and power of Nemawashi … discussed in this week’s newsletter.



This week’s Issue | 04/02/2019

It was an amazing week as we had friends from Australia stay with us for a few days … it allowed us to be tourists in our own area and lots of discussion and reflections on what had transpired in our lives since our last encounter … it was wonderful and hopefully created new memories for all of us. 

This encounter made me reflect on memories created during my paddling days and how some actions later impacted me during my career journey.  Most important that as you create muscle memory to perform a difficult task that you do not allow this to lull you into complacency and that you need to constantly find your new edge in order to remain competitive … hope you enjoy this week’s newsletter.



This week’s Issue | 28/01/2019

Many times as an organization we feel that we are a victim of our customers … but your role is to relieve customer stress.  Maybe you have a chance to relieve both … read on and also how 5S will improve your organizational brand.

 



This week’s Issue | 21/01/2019

I think it is time to discuss organizational culture … you can either let it morph on its own or you can engineer it either directly or indirectly. We had a wonderful week once again in Quebec where our client was surprised just how big an impact his personality was having on the success of the business … and now how to replicate this trait into other’s of his team … a real challenge. 

Read on ….



This week’s Issue | 14/01/2019

The times are about to change and are you ready?  We have been operating within a super charged economy where volume has covered up our sins and allowed us to continue to make significant profit while scrambling to find people … good people.  But looking at the markets, the price of oil, trade wars and tariffs things are likely to change soon.   So now is the time to prepare your organization to survive and thrive during a downturn while you can.  Even if the economy continues to thrive it is still cause to hit the pause button and take time for observation and implement improvements.Casual Glance


Lean Thoughts

Employee Empowerment and Einstein’s Riddle

This week’s Issue | 18/03/2019 Happy St. Patrick’s day to everyone … with the day marked in green it is a nice gesture that spring will also be arriving shortly.  A lot of discussion

Looking for the Next Evolution of Lean? Using an Older Tool ….

This week’s Issue | 11/03/2019 For some there has been a debate for years of which methodology is better within an operation … Lean which helps identify and eliminate waste of the use of

Advanced Lean

This week’s Issue | 04/03/2019 My big AHAAA this week came as we worked with a local organization.   They have been in business for many years and thought that they were extremely good at

Leadership Traits

This week’s Issue | 25/02/2019 This week we were able to work with a team that thought they were doing great but they recognized that they were simply passing the same thoughts internally between

Lean is a Conveyor Belt

This week’s Issue | 18/02/2019 Hope that all of you spoiled your significant other for Valentine’s day.  I decided to take the Resident Love Goddess out for lunch and a long walk on the

NEMAWASHI

This week’s Issue | 11/02/2019 For the Resident Love Goddess and myself our biggest reward working with our client partners is to witness the personal growth of individuals.  So it was very cool to

White Water Kayaking

This week’s Issue | 04/02/2019 It was an amazing week as we had friends from Australia stay with us for a few days … it allowed us to be tourists in our own area

Manage your Customer

This week’s Issue | 28/01/2019 Many times as an organization we feel that we are a victim of our customers … but your role is to relieve customer stress.  Maybe you have a chance

The fence that me and Shorty Built

This week’s Issue | 21/01/2019 I think it is time to discuss organizational culture … you can either let it morph on its own or you can engineer it either directly or indirectly. We

Casual Glance ???

This week’s Issue | 14/01/2019 The times are about to change and are you ready?  We have been operating within a super charged economy where volume has covered up our sins and allowed us

Lean Thoughts

Employee Empowerment and Einstein’s Riddle

This week’s Issue | 18/03/2019 Happy St. Patrick’s day to everyone … with the day marked in green it is a nice gesture that spring will also be arriving shortly.  A lot of discussion

Looking for the Next Evolution of Lean? Using an Older Tool ….

This week’s Issue | 11/03/2019 For some there has been a debate for years of which methodology is better within an operation … Lean which helps identify and eliminate waste of the use of

Advanced Lean

This week’s Issue | 04/03/2019 My big AHAAA this week came as we worked with a local organization.   They have been in business for many years and thought that they were extremely good at

Leadership Traits

This week’s Issue | 25/02/2019 This week we were able to work with a team that thought they were doing great but they recognized that they were simply passing the same thoughts internally between

Lean is a Conveyor Belt

This week’s Issue | 18/02/2019 Hope that all of you spoiled your significant other for Valentine’s day.  I decided to take the Resident Love Goddess out for lunch and a long walk on the

NEMAWASHI

This week’s Issue | 11/02/2019 For the Resident Love Goddess and myself our biggest reward working with our client partners is to witness the personal growth of individuals.  So it was very cool to

White Water Kayaking

This week’s Issue | 04/02/2019 It was an amazing week as we had friends from Australia stay with us for a few days … it allowed us to be tourists in our own area

Manage your Customer

This week’s Issue | 28/01/2019 Many times as an organization we feel that we are a victim of our customers … but your role is to relieve customer stress.  Maybe you have a chance

The fence that me and Shorty Built

This week’s Issue | 21/01/2019 I think it is time to discuss organizational culture … you can either let it morph on its own or you can engineer it either directly or indirectly. We

Casual Glance ???

This week’s Issue | 14/01/2019 The times are about to change and are you ready?  We have been operating within a super charged economy where volume has covered up our sins and allowed us