#Lean Leadership: Reluctance, Stumbling and Embracing the B Player

A project team we are working with recently addressed two concerns related the to adoption of new Lean behaviors. Reluctance of some on the team to embrace Lean practices and behaviors. People will stumble, sometimes badly, as they learn Lean practices and behaviors. These are common and valid concerns. Without any coaching this team understood that their role as leaders was […]

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Pull Planning and Pull Planning for Flow

A common question during and following pull planning sessions is “why can’t we just plan from the beginning of the work like we usually do?” It’s an important question, and one that may not get answered well. Even when people accept that this process of reverse planning generates a richer discussion regarding the conditions of […]

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The Seven Basics of Construction Site Lean Observation Walks

Commonly known as Gemba walks, Lean observation walks are important opportunities for learning for superintendents, construction management and administrative staff, construction executives, architects, engineers, and owners. If you are not doing Lean observation walks you are missing an opportunity to both support the project and your enterprise. Here are the basics for conducting the walk. […]

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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

The premise behind this book is straightforward. There are two mindsets that people can have when it comes to approaching work, play and relationships. One is a growth mindset, in which a person has a belief that it is possible to learn and make changes that lead to success, or at least improvement, in a […]

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