Month: March 2020

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Great Leadership begins with Self Leadership- Leader Standard Work

Sounds good, but what does it mean and how do you apply it within a Lean framework?  First, let’s talk about self-leadership and then I will provide you with a tool that can help you improve in that area. Leader standard work. Self-leadership starts with being self-aware.  What are your strengths, weaknesses, values, and emotional …

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Filter Minder Uses Mixed Model Lines to Improve Operations

Learn how a company in Waterloo, Iowa benefitted from deploying Mixed Model Lines. 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 …

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The Eight Wastes

Many years ago, in a galaxy far, far away…oh not really.  Toyota identified the seven wastes when they developed the Toyota Production System from 1948 to 1975.  As the production system was integrated into Western culture the eighth waste- Not Listening to People’s Ideas was adopted. When put into the correct order, the eight wastes …

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W Machine Works Shares how Small Wins Drove Employee Engagement

This week on American Lean Weekday, I interview W Machine works who have been on a continuous improvement journey since 2005.  Hear how small wins drove their employee engagement! 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 …

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Blockchain Technology- Coming Soon to a Supply Chain Near You

Blockchain technology will transform supply chains and will be here soon! As I mentioned in the original Industry 4.0 blog, nine enablers support Industry 4.0 or Smart Manufacturing.  The nine enablers are listed below.  As the technology matures, more manufacturers will want to automate their supply chains.  To accomplish this, they will rely upon blockchain …

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