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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lean Roundup #30 – November, 2011

A selection of highlighted blog posts from Lean bloggers from the month of November, 2011.  You can also view the previous monthly Lean Roundups here.

Practical Ways to Respect People – John Hunter explains what matters is not your stated respect for people but your revealed respect for people.

Does Your Organization Exhibit a Safety Culture? – Rick Morrow asks about your safety culture and says that a safety culture really consists of four related subcultures.

Toyota's True North Concept – Art Smalley defines "True North" as Toyota would see it.

How do you select the next CEO for continuity in excellence? – Steven Spear says continuity in excellence is rare from not cultivating the skills necessary for relentless discovery.

Manufacturing Skills Gap or Management Skills Gap? – John Hunter says the current manufacturing skills gap results directly from short term thinking and disrespect for workers practiced by those with management skills shortages over the last few decades.

Preparing for the Inevitable Change in Leadership – Jamie Flinchbaugh gives five ways to prepare for a change in executive leadership within a Lean organization.

How To: Setting Your Personal WIP Limit – Jim Benson explains how you can determine the WIP limit of your personal kanban system.

A Consultant's Advice: It is Always About Senior Leadership – Maureen Sullivan shares 3 questions executives need to answer to make real change their own.

Why Your Meetings Suck (And What to do About it) – Dan Markovitz suggests using the 3P's (purpose, process, people) to make our meetings more effective.

Humor in Adult Learning – Al Norval talks about how to teach adults and he suggests adding in some humor to make the learning stick.

Creating the Lean Warehouse: Evolution Not Revolution - Robert Martichenko explains that the lean warehouse is about continuous improvement using PDCA.

The Personal Kanban: Not Just "Vocabulary Engineering" – Dan Markovitz disputes a claim that a personal kanban is much ado about nothing.

My Brain Told Me – Karen Wilhelm explains the reason we resist change comes from the way our brain works.

Building Manager Standard Work – Jamie Flinchbaugh says if you use standard work you can save time and be more proactive.

Still Waiting on the Whambulance... – Kevin Meyer shares a story about whining versus competing about your situation.

The Importance of TPM and SMED – Matt Wrye makes the case for why TPM and SMED are so important to flow.

Kanban with Suppliers: The practical application – Dragan Bosnjak explains about setting up a kanban with your suppliers.

The Project Box - Donald Sweigart writes about the concept of a project box for ensuring a safe and effective execution of project work.

Lean is a CEO practice to improve performance – Michael Balle explains that lean is a practice for leaders to improve performance by going to the gemba and developing people as problem solvers.

ROWE, Lean and the Shingo Model – David Kasperzak share some thoughts on ROWE (Results Only Work Environment) and how it aligns with his understanding of Lean.

Inventory Reduction: The Path to Supply Chain Management - Robert Martichenko advocates inventory reduction and explains inventory from a perspective contrary to most conventional views defining inventory as an asset to improvement.

I Don't Have Time – Tom Southworth talks about the excuse of not having time to make improvements and the need to make this investment.

Flipping The Pyramid – David Kasperzak writes about employee motivation, retention, and the need for self-actualization as the basis of these.

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