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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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Gratitude, for Gratitude

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for learning the power of being thankful.  More than ever I am convinced it is the most powerful personal and professional leadership habit. For years I have had an increasingly refined and meaningful daily routine.  Each morning I begin the day with the following: Twenty minutes of meditation in classic Zen style using the counting of breaths to slow the mind and become truly aware …
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Airbnb and Uber – From Batch to One Piece Flow

Some of the more interesting internet-driven companies these days are the likes of Airbnb and Uber. They call themselves part of the “sharing economy.” But let’s take a look at the word “share.” From the MacMillan dictionary, share is “to allow someone to have something you own.” Is that what’s happening here? Not really. It’s not free. There is a small unit of demand in the form of a single room …
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