How Broadly is Lean Thinking Taught in Higher Education?

For my undergraduate degree, I studied chemical engineering.  I learned skills like how to size reactors, calculate total process flow with a recycle loop, determine how far and wide a chemical plume might spread, and design the right number of trays for distillation columns.  I’m coming up on 12 years removed from graduation, and because of the type …

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Vow of Silence

I was under the weather the other week, but decided to push through and ensure a couple of key training sessions I was giving occurred as scheduled.  By the end of them, I had lost most of my voice and was considerably worse off than when the week had begun.  So I decided that my …

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Inspirational Quotes and Reflection

I watch the show Blue Bloods, with Tom Selleck as the police commissioner of New York City.  He is portrayed as a very deep and wise thinker who does a lot of hansei, or reflection.  During a recent episode, he and several members of his family all seemed to know a particular Teddy Roosevelt quote, …

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