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Leaning Towards Change

Seduced by the publicity surrounding the impact of Lean on organizations, it’s no surprise that people new to Lean, upon hearing or reading such information, are anxious to implement a continuous improvement initiative in their organizations.

What has received little publicity, however, and often frustrates Lean implementation.....

Strategy Without Tactics IS Futile

From time to time there seems to be a flurry of studies and surveys on effective communication in the workplace. As a communication specialist, I'm always eager to read these studies, but am often disappointed with what I see. That's because they all seem to be about communication strategy......

Top Ten Performance Management Tips...

Sadly, Performance Management has got itself a bad reputation. Dreaded by those on the receiving end and considered an unproductive chore by the manager, the value and benefits have been lost. But there is another way and here are Ten Tips to help....

Getting Lean 'Right'

Today, we are bombarded with information about lean – what it is and about what lean tools can do. Still, there is very little practical information on how to implement lean transformation and lead the change. Every company’s lean journey starts under different circumstances, so there can be no one recipe, no “right way.” But, to ensure success, there are many factors to consider before embarking on your lean journey....

Lean Manufacturing in India?

The basic competitive elements of the past were material, capital and the capability for mass production.

Today, information, knowledge and creativity are emerging as the sine qua non of competitive elements. On all the counts, Indian firms are lagging far behind.

Surprisingly, competitiveness has remained one of the most understudied areas of international business in India. There are many factors that are responsible for this state of affairs in the Indian economy....

The Extraordinary Vision of Henry Ford

Many principles of lean manufacturing trace their roots to the man from Dearborn. Once in a great while, an industry makes a giant leap. In the rearview mirror of history, such leaps seem a combination of both genius and common sense. At the moment, however, a leap into the unknown looks more like the act of a madman....

The Lean Toolbox - It's not how many tools you've got, it's how you use them!

Jidoka, kaizen, andon, kanban, SMED, visual management, 5S, 5 Whys. We could fill up this page and more with a list of lean tools, but is it the size of our lean toolbox that really counts? Hardly. It isn’t even the quality of the tools that makes a real difference....

Lean Learning: In Search Of Waste

Most shops are too busy getting work done, meeting goals and objectives, and initiating business strategies to look for waste. They should because eliminating waste is key to establishing a true lean-manufacturing operation. Lean-thinking shops dig below the surface to find the causes of waste....

Lean or Six Sigma ?

For years companies have struggled with the dilemma of which quality improvement program to use: lean or Six Sigma. While some are still debating the either/or issue, others have come to realize that lean tools and Six Sigma work well together to achieve quick process improvements and....

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