Month: February 2020

Neotech Saves $150,000 from First Rapid Improvement Event

One of the key elements on my American Lean Weekday podcast is the weekly interviews that I conduct with companies on their Lean Journey.  These companies are from various industries and are all different sizes.  I have interviewed leaders from family-owned businesses to multi-national organizations. NeoTech in Longmont, Colorado is a contract manufacturer that primarily …

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Introducing Industry 4.0

In this blog, I want to introduce the concept of Industry 4.0 or sometimes referred to as Smart Manufacturing.  It is called industry 4.0 because it is the fourth Industrial Revolution. The first Industrial Revolution which started in 1784 brought about mechanization through steam and waterpower.  It is the first time that our lives took …

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Five Mindsets Holding You Back from Your Lean Transformation

Being honored to work with many companies across many industries over the years, I’ve heard every one of them say “I can’t believe we didn’t do this years ago!” after they start their Lean transformation.  What keeps them from getting started sooner?  Here are five mindsets that I know held them back. 1.  We’re unique, …

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The Importance of a Management System to Support Servant Leaders

Servant leadership is often associated with successful Lean innovations.  While many organizations think implementing Lean is deploying a known set of tools, it is truly about changing your organization’s culture.  One way to change your culture is to develop and support servant leaders. Robert Greenleaf is known as coining the phrase “servant leadership” in 1970.  …

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