Tag: continuous improvement

Did You Leave Your Money on the Table?

Did You Leave Your Money on the Table?

Will you get concerned if someone is stealing from your office safe on a daily basis? Of course. But not before you notice the shortage. However, if the money drain has been there for a while, you are likely to continue ignoring it. As time is money, meetings are one of those drains. Research shows […]

Four-Letter Word, Starting with ‘F’: ….. ?

Four-Letter Word, Starting with ‘F’: ….. ?

No, not the one you think. And I am not surprised. You need a paradigm shift. Imagine reading something like this: Healthy Sex: Indulge your “sweet tooth” — the healthy way. Adding a little spice to your sex life is not off-limits in the […] Clinic Diet. Here’s how you can have your muffin and […]

“LEAN all over the place. But It Does Not Work.”

“LEAN all over the place. But It Does Not Work.”

For our “exploratory meeting,” I asked my client, a 150-ppl business, to share their orgchart. “We don’t have one but I will have one sketched for you.” Soon, an email arrived. Attached to the email (that had actually no text) was an excel file with a dozen rectangles, sorted in three columns, half of them […]

Do You Have a Best Friend at Work?

Do You Have a Best Friend at Work?

Do you have a best friend at work? If you have a problem answering this question, do the following. Clean your desk and put a white cloth on it or white paper. You may use any report that you have just removed from your desk because nobody reads them anyway, and you will feel good […]

You Don’t have to be Steve Jobs to Run Meaningful Meetings

You Don’t have to be Steve Jobs to Run Meaningful Meetings

Last week, I attended a meeting at an organization that I will not name here, although they will hardly ever read this because everybody in the organization is “crazy busy.” No wonder: about 20 people attended the meeting, half of them dissolved soon because they were “triple-booked,” and no decision or minutes followed, of course. […]

Performance Improvement History in Formulas

Performance Improvement History in Formulas

A very Lean process Improvement history, with key milestones from ancient times – to our days. Feel free to add important events or correct the math.

If Zuck Were Project Manager, He’d Learn More ‘Tricks’

If Zuck Were Project Manager, He’d Learn More ‘Tricks’

Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook COO) once praised her boss for “trying to make meetings as productive as possible.” According to her, Mark Zuckerberg “asks people to send materials in advance so we can use the time for discussion” and “we try to be clear about our goal when we sit down for a meeting–are we in […]

What did I do to James?

What did I do to James? What did I do to James?

I have not yet met a single manager who would not complain about ‘boring’, ‘endless’ and ‘useless’ meetings they have to host or attend on a daily basis. And yet most of them are literally just a few words away from making their meeting a really effective communication and teambuilding tool. I once worked with […]

Why Most Lean Six Sigma Projects Fail?

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 […]