Archive for November 2015

How to Resolve Conflict over Employee Involvement

There is a war taking place in corporate America.  In some ways it’s good that it is taking place but it does not change the fact that it is difficult.  One side of the battlefield are those who are of the opinion that the employee is the expert and should have the final say in…

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5s Is The One Foundation For A Triumphant Lean Culture

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The Problem “5S is the foundation of Lean Implementation”.  You hear it over and over again, in each training seminar, during Kaizen events, or when managers come down on operations because the work area or office is a wreck.  So everyone knows that 5S is the foundation, but can anyone say why?  No, for the most…

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Invest in Your Employees for a Wealth of Breakthroughs

How much are your employees worth?  Is there a number figure you can place on them?  Labor rate, plus benefits, and so on? What about the value they have in light of the 8 Deadly Wastes every business faces?  It’s been called people waste, underutilization, or more commonly known as non-utilized talent.  This waste eludes…

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Use 5S to Lean Out Your Value Stream

There is something fundamentally wrong with the western approach to using lean tools.  It is obvious in many businesses that managers only use Lean Manufacturing methods within operations and not in the overall business structure.  The truth is a business can benefit from the use of lean tools in every area and process of the…

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