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Life and leadership at the nexus of lean and zen.

The Simple Leader

The Simple Leader Lean manufacturing principles, also known as the Toyota Production System, are very effective at streamlining and reducing waste in organizations. Zen concepts can help create a calm, peaceful, and focused personal life. Over the last three decades I have discovered the power of lean and Zen, and have found how the concepts are remarkably complementary to one another.
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Discovering the Inner Merton

If you are too obsessed with success, you will forget to live. If you have learned only how to be a success, your life has probably been wasted. ― Thomas Merton, Love and Living Sometimes there are dots just waiting to be connected… I was rather surprised when Pope Francis mentioned Thomas Merton in his address to Congress a couple weeks ago.  I have learned a lot about Merton over the …
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Discovering the Value of People

Big news in the business world: Wal-Mart is famous for keeping costs down, including employee-related costs. In Joplin, the company is testing a new approach: investing in workers through higher wages and training, on the theory that this will pay off all around—for customers, the company and employees. Yes, at just one of their 4500 stores, Wal-Mart has discovered skills training.  If it works they plan to roll out this …
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