Achieving Cultural Change using “Behavioral Pull Systems”

Most of those steeped in Lean Enterprise and /or the Toyota Production System are familiar with the concept of “Pull Systems”, or the control of fulfillment of product and service demand through some type of initiating event , a “trigger” typically initiated from an actual customers use of that product or service.

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Manufacturing Management Lessons Learned from “The Martian”

For those who have seen the movie or read the book, or both; “The Martian” is a tour-de-force for its aloof but very realistic style. Andy Wier’s research-laden and imaginative story does a phenomenal job of engaging the outsider in Mark Watneys step-by-step fight for survival against the insurmountable odds of being marooned alone on Mars. As a lifelong manufacturer, I very much...

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Elevate Your Line of Sight

Football and driving analogies are commonly used by me to readily compare business issues to real life situations. Driving analogies work especially well when trying to get people to relate to strategy. My tag line for strategy is “elevating your line of sight,” and I often refer to the difference between looking at the stripes on the road as they whizz by, instead of having your eyes on the...

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Manufacturing Responsiveness

Responsiveness is about improving the ability of your operations to fulfill changing demand, while remaining cost-effective in the process. But it’s really much harder to do than that simple statement might suggest, which is why every manufacturing business needs a response model. My own career in manufacturing has seen me in charge of businesses that shipped high volume OEM components to...

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Leadership – Vision to a Path

Leadership – Defining Your Organization’s Vision! Visualize a path that can be followed! Your organizations vision is its “case for change” and can originate from something as simple as a high level philosophical statement, or be built using a team-based tactical exercise. For example, stating something like, “We want to be the market leader” is similar, but different from,...

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