Continuous improvement helps Lockheed Martin hit sustainability goals

American technology company Lockheed Martin recently achieved a set of five-year global environmental goals that were made back in 2008. Carol Cala, the company's vice president of energy, environment, safety and health, credits continuous improvement for help in accomplishing these standards. What's more, in addition to helping Lockheed Martin become greener, continuous improvement has also

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Leveraging training as a branding experience

Employees are an important part of any company. Businesses following the Kaizen mindset need to empower workers at every level of the company, and one of the most effective ways to do this is through training. Training offers organizations an opportunity to help develop their workforce. However, many companies stumble at this point by not

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Lean and green need to be married from the outset

Going “Lean” means the reduction of wasteful processes within a business. Going “Green” denotes practices that reduce negative impacts on the environment. Not every Lean practice will be green, while not every green initiative will be Lean, but in some instances the two approaches can be used together to accomplish shared goals. However, as the

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Continuous improvement guides Amazon’s bid to go green

Buying products from retailers online is largely a green process – ecommerce businesses don't have brick-and-mortar stores that use electricity and shoppers don't have to get in a smog-spewing car to get  to them. However, if there is one part of the process that isn't exactly environmentally friendly, it's the packaging and shipping of purchased

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Kaizen transformation helps AMAX reduce waste

AMAX, a California-based high performance (HPC) solutions provider, has credited its adoption of Kaizen and Lean philosophies for its ability to stay ahead of competitors and provide high-quality service solutions to its customers. The company recently announced the addition of ISO:14001 certification for its U.S. manufacturing operations, as well as China Compulsory Certified (CCC) and

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Traits of a successful leader

Becoming an effective leader requires entrepreneurs and upper management to develop a specific set of skills. These key skills include the ability to value people, lead by example, display a strong character and understand the company's missions and values. Valuing people It's important to view people working underneath you as just that – people, not

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Using training books to teach Kaizen

Lean manufacturing and Kaizen terms and methodologies can oftentimes be difficult concepts to grasp. They originate from Toyota's Production System, meaning the philosophy and mindset behind them are, to most people, foreign in nature and may not be easy for Westerners to pick up at first. This difficulty holds true whether or not the person is

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