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Red is GOOD, in fact it is VERY GOOD!

by mstickler on Monday, September 23, 2013 9:10 AM
I just had the opportunity to revisit a business that I started working with a few years ago. I must say I was impressed with the progress that they have made over the past few years. Their operating performance and financial performance has improved dramatically! It was truly a pleasure to visit them and to review the results of their efforts. They have embraced workplace organization, performance management, and schedule adherence down to a daily timeframe. As a result, their Corporate KPI’s are improving month after month.
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5 Questions to Change Your World

by khunter on Monday, September 02, 2013 4:57 AM

“Success is not a result of spontaneous combustion, you have to light yourself on fire. – Fred Shero.” Dang, I wish I wrote that! It sums up exactly what I have been working on this week. Lighting yourself on fire is a pretty scary thing to do but, the Truth is, if you want to make a difference then that is exactly what needs to happen.

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Why Knowing Better Doesn't Always Translate to Doing Better

by khunter on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:01 PM
Lean Transformations begin as an idea, an idea that by doing something different we can be something different.  In the security and comfort of our own thoughts, we can imagine how amazing it will be to work within a continuous improvement culture where our talents are recognized, supported, and our skills utilized.  What a great place to be!  No end-of-the month rushes, consistently making the numbers, everyone contributes, and life is good.  Sounds great, right?  So how do we get there?  And why is it so hard?
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Actual Implementation

by mstickler on Sunday, June 23, 2013 6:30 PM
In a site-wide Lean transformation, success depends upon the use of a structured approach to deployment. Ensuring this success is a process of moving each value stream through the 5 basic steps of deployment: Stabilize, Flow, Takt, Pull, and Sustain. Let’s define each of these...
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Values, Vision, & Mission

by khunter on Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:58 PM
Setting direction for an organization, department, or group is vital to keeping everyone aligned. However, most companies unknowingly go about this process backwards. The title of this article may sound odd and, if so, it says a lot about the standard sequencing that rolls so easily off the tongue: mission, vision, values. The order IS important and here is why …
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How to Work Smarter, Not Harder

by khunter on Friday, February 22, 2013 12:37 PM
“Work smarter, not harder” is a cliché tossed around as if what to do is just plain obvious. The problem with clichés is that while, the end result is obvious, getting to that end is not. Seriously, if we knew how to work smarter, we would already be doing it. So where to do we start?
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Anatomy of a Business Death Spiral: Part 2

by khunter on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 8:02 AM
In your business moving fast and distilling large amounts of data quickly is absolutely necessary. The question then is how to work with what you have. Pulling out of the business death spiral requires a two-pronged approach ...
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Anatomy of a Business Death Spiral

by khunter on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 12:53 PM
In the face of an imminent crisis, business transformation can be a daunting task, so daunting in fact, that most companies will try anything else. So how do you know when you need to walk the path of transformation? Click here to learn the five symptoms of a dysfunctional organization and why is it important to recognize these symptoms early.
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