Continuous Improvement At Le Tour

This upcoming Monday is a rest day for the riders in the Tour De France, and boy do I need it.  No, not because I’ve been logging the same number of miles on my bike in the flatlands of Wisconsin as the pros are on the mountain roads of the Pyrenees.  It’s because I’ve been watching hours and hours of …

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2013 Summer Reading List

I had a very nice father’s day weekend.  I got to spend some time with a very good friend of mine biking for a good cause.  And on Sunday, my family handed me several great gifts, including two assorted six packs of beer.  Does it get much better than that?  I’m anxious to try the …

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Affinity Health Brings 5S Home

I’m always on the lookout for lean thinking and tools being discussed in places you might not expect.  To me it means that the roots of lean are spreading further and finding their way to new areas.  So, I was pleasantly surprised when I flipped through a publication from an organization connected with my healthcare provider …

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Gandhi And The Art Of Continuous Improvement

When I was a co-op in Fort Wayne Indiana, my place of work was on the west side of the city and the large apartment complex where we lived was on the northeast side.  There were several different paths to get from Point A to Point B.  You could pop up north and take the highway around …

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Hard-Wired for Lean?

Ever take part in a team-building event where you and your co-workers take a personality test to find out more about what makes each other tick?  I know that I’ve taken several over the years, and have seen a few used in our company that I haven’t taken.  Usually you get some kind of a “scorecard” that you …

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My Local McDonald’s Thinks Customer

Like any large, medium, or small, and residential, commercial or industrial area in this country, we have a McDonald’s near our house.  I won’t say we go often, but every once in a while we pick something up from the golden arches.  (self-confession:  I’m addicted to Sausage McGriddles, but I haven’t fallen off the wagon in …

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The Neverending Story: Capability Building

I was sitting in a meeting and the leader decided to do a quick refresher for his team on quality tools.  Someone mentioned to me, “I guess this might be a little redundant for you.”  Have I heard the material before?  Sure, several times.  I’ve even taught it several times.  But I value going over the fundamentals …

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