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Dan Ponterfract: “FLAT ARMY”

Required Reading

Over the weekend, I have read Dan Pontefract’s book “Flat Army.” I was looking forward to reading an inspirational text about change management, corporate culture improvement and employee engagement, but the book appears to take the reader further.  

Why Most Lean Six Sigma Projects Fail?

why lean projects fail

  Stats indicate that the success rate for Lean initiatives is hardly over 5%. That means that up to 95% of continuous improvement programs fail to rescue the operation and have no sustainable effect. The data and my analysis do not claim to be exhaustive but I believe the TRUE ANSWER to the question is […]

How do we hire the best professional Project Manager?

Law 7

Look at it this way: you are hiring a temporary General Manager who will run your business for some predefined period of time and deliver certain results. Regardless of the nature of your business, you will expect your General Manager, above all, to be proficient in making things happen. If what bothers you the most […]

Was Starbucks’ venture into Lean useless?

Lean Six Sigma vs Starbucks

I received a few messages with this question in reply to my original article. My answer: Not at all.  

Here’s how to make your worklife better:

Help

Offer more help than you ask for. When parents help their children grow up, they do not ask for anything in return. Nor do they expect to have a good return on this investment in the future. If they do, the ROI is often negative in the long run. Good teachers are excited and overjoyed […]

What’s More Important to You?

gender bias

Grammatically correct – or politically correct? I always thought that expressing oneself clearly and concisely is the No.1 priority in a professional environment. I was wrong. Today, everybody is obsessed with gender equality. These confusing “he or she,” “he/she,” or the incredible “s/he” and singular “they” are now inserted everywhere. Like in this great example of […]

A Gentleman’s Manual for Becoming a Good Man

Required Reading

“Read before bed every night.” If you want to read something really special this weekend and perhaps be able to share it with your kids, try “Rules for My Unborn Son” by Walker Lamond. Published a few years ago, the book has never made it to a bestseller list. This is what happens to the […]

“Am I Paranoid?” Client Seeking Advice

Who Is Your Boss?

What would be your advice to this client? This story sounds like a job-interview business case – but it is not. My client Alex (not his real name) is asking me for advice. He thinks that his boss, a senior manager in their company, has lied about his background and experience. Connecting on LinkedIn, Alex […]

What Do Starbucks and Lean Six Sigma Have In Common?

Lean Six Sigma vs Starbucks

In essence, both are not new. They are derivatives from older businesses or trends that have been in existence for at least some decades: Lean is a mass-market Toyota Production System and Starbucks is a mass-market coffee retailer.  

Weekend Easy Reading – Healthy Quote from the New York Times

Good article in The New York Times: “A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Health” If you are too busy to read it in full, here are the skills one must learn, and practice each day: ■ Recognize a positive event each day. ■ Savor that event and log it in a journal or […]