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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SCORE counselor: Lean thinking is key to a prosperous startup

Starting a small business is harder than ever given the current economic climate. Entrepreneurs have traditionally been tasked with the challenge of doing more with less – fewer resources, less room for error, a small number of employees, etc. Dean Swanson, a volunteer SCORE counselor, asserts that new entrepreneurs should familiarize themselves with Lean thinking

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Georgia hospital noted for Lean healthcare

Northeast Georgia Health System is one of the largest organizations in Georgia. It has upward of 5,000 employees and 500 physicians, and with that scale comes complexity. Fortunately, by employing Lean healthcare, the company has been able to not only provide top-notch care to patients, but also bolster efficiency. Employees within the company frequently feel

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Canadian premier urges Lean healthcare adoption

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall wants to make Canada's healthcare industry more efficient, both in terms of saving costs and providing better service to residents. Speaking with CBC News, Wall recently noted that he was urging many healthcare practitioners to adopt Lean practices to achieve this goal. It's all about innovation, he explained. While many Canadian

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Australian fertilizer company integrates Lean manufacturing

James Fazzino, chief of Australian fertilizer company Incitec, recently discovered the benefits of Lean manufacturing and is in the process of rolling the practice out to all of the business' operations, The Australian reports. Fazzino was quick to point out that the Australian government could do a lot to help the struggling manufacturing sector, but

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Getting past employee satisfaction to engagement

A happy employee is an engaged employee, or so many business leaders think. But is this necessarily the case? A study conducted by MetLife suggests otherwise, indicating that employee loyalty sank to a three-year low in 2011. As HR Bartender notes, there are some notable differences between happiness and engagement, and company heads need to

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The difference between a leader and a boss

There is a difference between being a boss and a good leader. An effective leader inspires those underneath him or her, driving meaningful change throughout  a company because employees want to do their best. A boss simply tells people what to do. This is an important difference to understand, leadership counselor Ritch Eich tells Business

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A look at how the Toyota Production System works in the US

Kaizen and the Toyota Production System have revolutionized how many businesses produce goods and services. The Indianapolis Star recently explored a Toyota manufacturing plant in Indiana to see how this system worked outside of Japan. The factory, which dates back to 1928, practices many of the principles of Lean production. Unlike Henry Ford's factory mass

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