Lean Thoughts


This week’s Issue | 12/05/2019

This week Mariela and I spent some time in discussion with David Arkell of 360 Energy.  360 Energy acts as a coach to organizations to better manage their Energy spend and highlight potential opportunities for savings.

https://www.360energy.net/ 

As we here in Canada are getting insight about the environment and the Carbon Footprint we individually or as an organization create.   We are now being hammered with a Carbon Tax which is fairly significant especially when you go to fill your vehicle with gas here in Ontario.  It became pertinent to me that although we preach about Visible and Invisible wastes that occur within the organization the cost of energy becomes a super Invisible Waste and hence may not get the focus it deserves.  Don Soderquist was a key driver while at Wal Mart imploring organizations to measure their Carbon Foot Print and how they can become a negative generator. 

So this week we go back to basics about wastes but with a bit of a twist ….



This week’s Issue | 06/05/2019

The only thing I know about forecasts is that they …

  1. Are normally wrong
  2. If somewhat correct the forecaster was lucky 

So it becomes very important that organizations can design their operations to become flexible and agile to handle any sudden changes in customer demand.  The master of this kind of design was Brian Clements when he was running Steelcase Canada many years ago … but still viable for any organization today.



This week’s Issue | 29/04/2019

Business is humming and many organizations are looking for skilled and experienced help … but business is running so strong that they are also avoiding to invest in their people through training.  Never avoid the investment of training since is what makes your organization stronger … so this is why this week’s newsletter about “Sitting on your Hands” is important to me … 

I have also attached a profile of some of the training modules we can provide … use it as a menu to select some training for you and you organization or contact us if you do not find what you need.



This week’s Issue | 22/04/2019


I have always supported that companies should not have a suggestion program … since it should be everyone’s job to figure out how to continuously be improving the organization …

This week’s newsletter is about Leadership … enjoy



This week’s Issue | 15/04/2019

We are so fortunate to be able to assist many organizations and so many industries to accomplish the next level of competitiveness by coaching them on the use of many Lean Methodologies.  But it typically starts with some basic foundational methodologies … these are true and well tested and complemented with some training it is awesome to see organizations blossom.   So enjoy this week’s newsletter and if you want your organization to blossom then contact us ….



People that know and have worked with us know just how secretive we are about our clients.  Mainly because we propel our clients to become outstanding leaders within their industrial sector.  We do have passion to help our client partners to become passionate about their business and really understand that it is their people who truly deliver amazing results. 

So this week I was surprised to see an article published through Linked-In by one of our partners which was unsolicited or provoked.  Rafael was an amazing student who has taken his department from within his corporation and made it another successful corporation.  If you ever need some major engineering application especially related to recycling this is your go-too organization. 

Instead of writing a newsletter this week we thought that it would be better if you read Rafael’s article instead … enjoy https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hidden-e-factory-implementing-lean-recycling-plant-rafael-reveles/



This week’s Issue | 01/04/2019

WOW !!!   April 01 already and time for April Fools day … hopefully you will not get pranked. 

Amazing that after many years of work experience some very basic productivity robbers still exist within our work environments.  The most dreaded being the a simple shift exchange which we decided to explore in greater detail in this week’s newsletter.   People work so very hard for their money and at times make a process more complex than it needs to be … simple solutions can sometimes deliver amazing results. 

Grammar can be important so it is important to define if your computer is either male or female … here is what one study found

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T29-T3xLm2A



This week’s Issue | 25/03/2019

Some stuff defined in the past is still very effective and pertinent today.   So when I was searching for some management tips I stumbled across some pointers shared by Peter Drucker.  Peter as defined by Wiki

 

Peter Ferdinand Drucker (/ˈdrʌkər/; German: [ˈdʀʊkɐ]; November 19, 1909 – November 11, 2005) was an Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation. He was also a leader in the development of management education, he invented the concept known as management by objectives and self-control,[1] and he has been described as “the founder of modern management”.[2]

 

See what I found in this week’s newsletter and hopefully it will help you. 

My brother-in-law sent me this video about the 8th wonder of the world … it looks amazing but consider the engineering …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-XDxCb92X4



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 


Lean Thoughts

Waste

This week’s Issue | 12/05/2019 This week Mariela and I spent some time in discussion with David Arkell of 360 Energy.  360 Energy acts as a coach to organizations to better manage their Energy

Rubber Factory

This week’s Issue | 06/05/2019 The only thing I know about forecasts is that they … Are normally wrong If somewhat correct the forecaster was lucky 

Sit on your hands

This week’s Issue | 29/04/2019 Business is humming and many organizations are looking for skilled and experienced help … but business is running so strong that they are also avoiding to invest in their

LeadershiP

This week’s Issue | 22/04/2019 I have always supported that companies should not have a suggestion program … since it should be everyone’s job to figure out how to continuously be improving the

Foundational Methodologies

This week’s Issue | 15/04/2019 We are so fortunate to be able to assist many organizations and so many industries to accomplish the next level of competitiveness by coaching them on the use of

Customer Testimonial

People that know and have worked with us know just how secretive we are about our clients.  Mainly because we propel our clients to become outstanding leaders within their industrial sector.  We do have

Dreaded Shift Exchange

This week’s Issue | 01/04/2019 WOW !!!   April 01 already and time for April Fools day … hopefully you will not get pranked. 

Lessons from Peter Drucker

This week’s Issue | 25/03/2019 Some stuff defined in the past is still very effective and pertinent today.   So when I was searching for some management tips I stumbled across some pointers shared by

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

Lean Thoughts

Waste

This week’s Issue | 12/05/2019 This week Mariela and I spent some time in discussion with David Arkell of 360 Energy.  360 Energy acts as a coach to organizations to better manage their Energy

Rubber Factory

This week’s Issue | 06/05/2019 The only thing I know about forecasts is that they … Are normally wrong If somewhat correct the forecaster was lucky 

Sit on your hands

This week’s Issue | 29/04/2019 Business is humming and many organizations are looking for skilled and experienced help … but business is running so strong that they are also avoiding to invest in their

LeadershiP

This week’s Issue | 22/04/2019 I have always supported that companies should not have a suggestion program … since it should be everyone’s job to figure out how to continuously be improving the

Foundational Methodologies

This week’s Issue | 15/04/2019 We are so fortunate to be able to assist many organizations and so many industries to accomplish the next level of competitiveness by coaching them on the use of

Customer Testimonial

People that know and have worked with us know just how secretive we are about our clients.  Mainly because we propel our clients to become outstanding leaders within their industrial sector.  We do have

Dreaded Shift Exchange

This week’s Issue | 01/04/2019 WOW !!!   April 01 already and time for April Fools day … hopefully you will not get pranked. 

Lessons from Peter Drucker

This week’s Issue | 25/03/2019 Some stuff defined in the past is still very effective and pertinent today.   So when I was searching for some management tips I stumbled across some pointers shared by

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