Engagement – Self-Esteem into Action

Putting self-esteem into action at work.

If you login to LinkedIn, or any social network for that matter, you’ll probably come across at least three pieces of self-help advice in the first minute or so. I haven’t done the math, but I’d say that’s a fair guess. In the end, it all boils down to a vague and often narcissistic soup

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What is Morale Exercise?

morale exercise in Japan

Have you ever seen those videos of Japanese factories where the workers do morning exercises together? Before you dismiss something like that as a cultural quirk, it might be worthwhile to look at it with an open mind. A lot of useful ideas can seem silly at first, simply because they are new and unfamiliar.

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Toyota is a City

Toyota Historic Photos

A lot of companies like to think of themselves as more than a business. They call themselves a team, a community, or even a family. This is what people think about when they describe a meaningful work culture, yet few companies can back up these claims with any hard evidence. The concepts are, after all,

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The Lean Learning Management System

Lean Learning Management System eLearning

If you deal with training or education, you have probably heard the acronym LMS, which stands for “learning management system”. Learning is a major factor for improvement and competitiveness, regardless of what industry you are in. Acquiring new skills is a must in this fast-moving economy, especially if you are applying Lean principles. Lean can

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Multimedia Learning in the Lean Workplace

Multimedia Learning

“Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferals of information.”  ― Paulo Freire It’s Monday morning. The kids are eating breakfast and watching cartoons. A parent says, “You’ll miss the bus,” and the children reluctantly turn off the TV. It’s a typical scene for many families. When the children get home, the television is waiting

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The Robots Are Coming! A Future of Autonomation

Lean Blog - Technology Luddites

Even if we never find ourselves in the nightmarish futures imagined by The Terminator and The Matrix, people are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the capabilities of machines. Actually, people have been uncomfortable with this for over 200 years. From the earliest days of industrialization in the 18th century, to the 21st century’s upheavals brought on

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Bringing Humility on a Lean Trip to Japan

Lean Trip to Japan - Humility

Hierarchies are ingrained in the western way of thinking. Dating back to ancient civilizations, entire countries were ruled by all-knowing monarchs, with different levels of leadership falling beneath them. Whatever these people in power said was the truth became law. Traditional business structures aren’t much different. Many Western entrepreneurs and business owners take pride in

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Agile Creativity in Lean Product Development

Agile Creativity in Lean Product Development

Adapting to Customer Demand In Lean, we talk a lot about meeting customer demand. Often, the conversation turns to cycle time, takt time, and how to meet demand just-in-time. Yet, there is another factor of customer demand that people often ignore in this process: What does the customer actually want? You may have an established

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5 Process Improvement Pioneers in Their Youth

Process Improvement Pioneers - Young Henry Ford - Featured

The People Who Would Develop Modern Management and Industry We tend to think of famous historical figures frozen in time. Usually, a few portraits come to define them in the public consciousness. Many of the process improvement pioneers who inspired modern management practices are remembered with gray hair and distinguished faces. It’s easy to forget

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