Lean Gratitude

For people unfamiliar or vaguely family with the term “lean,” the word is used to express a dynamic approach to work that seeks to continuously create more value with less effort. If you have not explored how this approach can radically improve your work you owe it to yourself and your organization to start that […]

Read More

26 Perspectives on Creating a Strong Work Ethic

I was asked recently to contribute my thoughts on creating a strong work ethic, from a lean perspective. It’s number 12 in the following link. You will note lean principles at work in many of the other contributions. 26 Tips to Encourage Strong Work Ethic How do you encourage a strong work ethic – this […]

Read More

#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 […]

Read More

Theories X, Y and Z

Bob Dunning, a friend, collaborator on a paper discussing the application of Lean principles to transit planning, and Boeing alumnus, commented on my recent review of Lead With Respect. Bob brought up Theory X and Theory Y (Douglas McGregor) management approaches because the difference between those were discussed at Boeing. Theory X being the autocratic top-down […]

Read More