July 3, 2017
A Key Building Block for Successfully Implementing Lean/World-Class Value Stream Management: Communications

If you have been following this department through the year thus far, you are now likely wondering about some of the basics that need to be in place. Let’s assume you are at the beginning or re-starting the process of implementing lean/world-class manufacturing. John Kotter, in Leading Change, suggests that the top five prerequisites for […]

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July 3, 2017
Assessing organizational readiness for Lean Six Sigma (LSS): Critical Questions

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The sad truth is this: 8 or 9 out of 10 organizations that embark on a continuous improvement program, such as Lean Six Sigma, FAIL (sometimes spectacularly) to get the results they should. The reasons for this shocking failure rate are many, but one thing I can assure you is this: failing to start with […]

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June 27, 2017
A Lean View on CLEAN

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In conversations with Wally Klatch about the concepts of CLEAN (reference earlier e-news article?) I found the ideas challenging and reflected a bit on some of my experiences working with organizations that needed to considerably or completely re-think process designs. In most Lean Kaizen and Value Stream Mapping efforts, we make a primary focus, the […]

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June 20, 2017
Executive Excellence Series: How Not to Make Insane Mistakes

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Internet go-to for all things related to perspective improvement, and prolific writer of sage business-attitude advice, Frank Sonnenberg has called us all out with his list of the "50 Insane Mistakes Companies Make." And he's absolutely right, except that companies don't make them, their decision-makers do. In this Executive Excellence Series -- by executives for […]

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June 20, 2017
Is “Consultant” a Dirty Word?

[vc_row][vc_column][us_image image="6650" size="full" align="left" link="|title:Global%20Deployment%20of%20Top%20Talent|target:%20_blank|" onclick="custom_link"][vc_column_text] Rolodex In the mid 80s, I managed a Rolodex of about 500 clerical temps who labored at $5 to $7 an hour for Boston’s mega corporations. Each weekday morning, in a flurry of highly orchestrated phone and front office activity, I placed anywhere from 50 to 200 of these […]

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June 20, 2017
Does Resistance to Change Improve Outcomes?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the early 90s, I had the great good fortune to be the Communications Director for the United States Sailing Association, governing body and logistics manager for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team. I was simultaneously, and not surreptitiously, starting my own consulting firm and trained my replacement before transitioning from a salaried position to a […]

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June 20, 2017
The trouble with talent! Is that consultant you contracted with really a contractor?

[vc_row][vc_column][us_image image="6648" size="full" align="center" link="|title:Global%20Deployment%20of%20Top%20Talent|target:%20_blank|" onclick="custom_link"][vc_column_text]If you hire contracted talent, you can learn from my mistake... About eight years ago, I learned the hard way how inconsistent the government classification of employee vs. contractor really is. For over 15 years prior to a very unpleasant incident with the state unemployment insurance division, I had helmed […]

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June 20, 2017
How to Find the Time to Become an Adaptive and Agile Organization

Change is a resource hog. It involves time, money, people, strategy, risk, leadership, training, courage, commitment and governance. Picture each of these as a big boulder, in a big pile, burying and crushing the life out of your mission to become an adaptive and agile organization. To transform your organization, you have to remove each […]

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June 20, 2017
The Argument for On-site AND Remote Contract Teams

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While I haven't been able to determine precisely how many staffing and talent outsourcing companies there are in the world–I'd estimate at least 100,000 worldwide based on numbers I found–the American Staffing Association's 2015 fact sheets indicate that 16 million contract and temporary employees are placed in jobs annually in the U.S. alone. Using my […]

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