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Practical Implementation of Lean Into Transactional Process Environments

5 Key Area’s • Using Lean concepts to bring operational efficiencies to the business in a short time-frame • Focusing effort on areas that are perceived to have high fixed costs • Maximizing the value from existing processes before re-engineering • Measuring process capacity and identifying waste • Providing leaders with the right information to manage operational…

Weighing in on Healthcare
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Weighing in on Healthcare

I have refrained from discussing Healthcare in my articles because the topic is so politically polarized.  If I say that I am “for” healthcare reform, I am labeled a “socialist” (or worse) who is against free-markets – and if I say that I am against healthcare reform, then I am a heartless free-market capitalist. I wonder,…

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Happy Holidays…

Happy Holidays As we come to the end of another year, we find ourselves reflective of the year’s hard fought battles won and lost, of loves arrived and departed, and of business successes and disappointments. With rebuilding spirit, we look with great anticipation to what lay before us in the coming year. And, most importantly, we look toreconnect over the…

To Build a Team, You Must Become a Leader
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To Build a Team, You Must Become a Leader

I am a big advocate of leadership development.  I study and push leadership development through all I do in life. I once read that General Dwight D. Eisenhower was asked how he managed to lead such a diverse group of people to work together to win Europe from the Nazis.  He answered, “Sir, it is one team, or we lose.” How…

Finding & Managing Bottlenecks in Process Plants
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Finding & Managing Bottlenecks in Process Plants

One of the primary objectives of Lean is to achieve smooth continuous flow of material through the process.  If there are bottlenecks within your process, they can inhibit flow, cause inventories, and prevent throughput from matching customer demand (Takt). In order to make progress towards Lean goals, bottleneck resources must be identified, managed and improved. From a…