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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 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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Owning Numerical Ignorance

Earlier this year I discussed the value created by writing by hand.  By writing on whiteboards or scribbling in a notebook, ownership, learning, and understanding is created. Similarly, truly understanding numbers creates ownership, learning, and understanding – thereby creating the potential for action. I’m not talking about statistics or the interpretation of statistics.  We all know that different perspectives can be “created” from otherwise accurate data to tell any story.  Just ask …
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