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Mobility of Management – Battling Deming’s Fourth Disease

  Dr. Deming spoke of this disease more than 30 years ago. Mobility of management refers to the constant job hopping of management personnel.   Interestingly corporations today not only contribute to this disease but almost encourage it.  Human resource … Continue reading

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Excessive Medical Costs and Deming Revisited

With the United States ranking only 37th in the world in healthcare it’s once again time to revisit Deming’s deadly disease number six, excessive medical costs. The good news is there have been steps to remedy the situation with the … Continue reading

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Profound Knowledge Is a Journey

W. Edwards Deming created a quality concept he referred to as profound knowledge. As a lean practitioner the study of Deming’s Profound Knowledge System is a must. I believe many practitioners are unknowingly retracing this journey.   There are four … Continue reading

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Career Paths and Pitfalls In Lean Organizations

The rules for finding a rewarding career are much more nuanced than in the past. There are no longer clear paths to success an advancement. Workplace dedication, keeping your nose to the grind stone and other similar motto’s are outdated … Continue reading

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Ever Considered Phasing Out Performance Reviews?

Deming believed that individual performance reviews were devastating to organizations. This was the third of his seven deadly diseases of business. According to Deming performance review especially those with numerical goals. Nourishes short-term performance, annihilates long-term planning, builds fear, demolishes … Continue reading

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Don’t bring up a problem unless you can offer a solution – NOT

There is a business edict that has always troubled me as a manager. It was “don’t bring up a problem unless you can offer a solution”.  I hope lean practitioners don’t subscribe to this tenet. How many problems are not … Continue reading

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Should Companies Continue to Be Healthcare Providers?

It’s that time of year again you know the benefit dance. Get out your decoder ring and try to figure out which plan to choose. Hmmm… the higher deductible but lower premium or the higher premium and lower deductible. Am … Continue reading

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Is a Kaikaku in your future?

Kaikaku is the latest continuous improvement initiative being practiced in the business world. Kaikaku means “Radical change.” The goal is to tear down walls both literally and figuratively.  Kaikaku events are generally used when kaizen events no longer provide the … Continue reading

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Lean Leadership Authentic and Bold

The term leadership has always intrigued me. The term is so nuanced. Organizations can appoint leaders but true leadership must be earned. Every organization has both formal and informal leaders. A formal leader has the power but the informal leaders … Continue reading

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Don’t 5s yourself out of profitable business!

One of the most important activities of a lean enterprise is 5’s. You know Sort, Straighten, Sweep, Standardize and Sustain. The main premise is that only the tools needed to perform your job should be readily available at work station … Continue reading

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