An A3 Retrospective

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Lean Thinking is often developed through a structured approach using a tool such as an A3. It is one of the best ways, I believe in developing a problem-solving culture through practice. The easiest way to start is to purchase Jamie Flinchbaugh’s Kindle book, A3 Problem Solving: Applying Lean Thinking Continue reading

Using Soar: Strength, Opportunities, Aspiration, Results

I often use SOAR in the initial sequence of steps in working with clients. This helps ensure we carefully think through what outcomes we want to create, what supports and barriers we need to plan for, and who we have to involve within your organization to guarantee success. The starting Continue reading

Lean Sales Integration

In the appendix of the book, Lean Integration: An Integration Factory Approach to Business Agility, I found a set of integration laws that I thought worthwhile sharing. I added my comments to each law on the thought it sparked. Integration “laws” are ways of thinking about the fundamental drivers of Continue reading

As an Individual: How much Slack is Enough?

How much slack is enough, and where does that start becoming wasteful? We talk about Lean and do it as individual but we need slack. It’s hard to get your arms around it. -jd Dan Markovitz: If you think about Taiichi Ohno, the first thing he had anyone do was Continue reading

Salespeople – What questions are you asking yourself?

Are you waiting for your next performance review? Most salespeople get one every quarter and sometimes every week in the form of a commission check. However, do you spend time self-evaluating yourself? Do you have a structured method to take an objective look at yourself? Here is a short list Continue reading

How to Radically Transform Your Organization

This is a Part 3 of 3 blog posts on a series of books that Deloitte has sponsored that I think is outstanding. They are a follow-up to the book, The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion, This book has been one Continue reading

How to Help Your Organization Learn Faster and Thrive

This is a Part 2 of 3 blog posts on a series of books that Deloitte has sponsored that I think is outstanding. They are a follow-up to the book, The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion, This book has been one Continue reading