• A lean sensei is neither consultant nor coach

    A lean sensei is neither consultant nor coach

    The difficulty in describing something new is not to bring it back to existing labels. If sensei was the same as expert, coach, doctor or consultant, I’d happily be using those terms. I’ve been working for the past five years […]

     
  • Lean separates learners from tellers

    Lean separates learners from tellers

    How can lean bring conflict? There is no denying that in the early days of a serious lean initiative, unless you’re very lucky, there will be some gnashing of teeth, even some weeping as arguments for or against heat up and lines are […]

     
  • The eye leads the hand

    The eye leads the hand

    The secret of visual management is that the eye leads the hand… which then leads the brain. Specifically, attention – the brain’s system one of fast reaction – leads the eye, which then leads the hand to action. The consequences […]

     
  • Can we accept Mura, Muri, Muda in a zero growth world?

    Can we accept Mura, Muri, Muda in a zero growth world?

    The jury is in: economic growth is a thing of the past, as shown here by Dambisa Moyo and Olivier Scalabre, and our economies continue to underperform. Truth is, economic growth throughout the XXth century has been based on 1) […]

     
  • Progress is the real source of motivation

    Progress is the real source of motivation

    How can I use the results of my activities to get ahead? Unless we answer this simple question, we’re missing out on the real source of motivation: personal progress. It’s always surprising to realize the depth of our taylorist conditioning […]

     
  • How is lean a strategy?

    How is lean a strategy?

    Eliminating waste is not just about increasing profitability – it’s about releasing capacity to make room for new products, which in turns feeds sustainable profitability. How can lean be considered a full business strategy? Isn’t it it a box of […]

     
  • Jidoka to learn to work better

    Jidoka to learn to work better

    If you want to learn to be better at your job, Jidoka is the right approach: when you have a doubt, stop, call, think and fix. Now. In everything we do, we create some value and generate some waste – […]

     
  • Make better or make money?

    Make better or make money?

    How do you measure your success? How much money you make? Or how much you make the world a better place? Capitalism is a driving force of our societies, and like any force it has a Light and a Dark […]

     
  • Now, change the story of your industry

    Now, change the story of your industry

    The deep purpose of lean thinking is to benefit society by growing sustainable and profitable companies that continuously strive to satisfy their customers more completely. The trick to doing this is to focus every person in the company in figuring […]

     
  • Is your Lean Director the worst enemy of lean thinking?

    Is your Lean Director the worst enemy of lean thinking?

    Sadly, in many (by all means, not all) companies, the Lean Director is the worst enemy of lean – he’s just there to stifle all real kaizen and promote the yes-men who excel at pretend lean. Why is that? True […]