Lean Quote: Circles of Influence vs Circles of Power
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by Tim McMahon
3d ago
On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve. "Never mistake the power of influence."   —  Jim Rohn Influence is how you get things done as a leader. In order to influence others, you must build trusting relationships and show genuine concern on an individual level ..read more
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Lean Moonshine – A Powerful Improvement Method
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by Tim McMahon
5d ago
https://www.arcar.org/video-10it6hpcloo No this is not what you’re thinking if you’ve seen the show Moonshiners or tried some moonshine before. During prohibition in the United States, individuals illegally produced liquor mostly at night under the light of the moon. Raw materials used to make the liquor (called Moonshine) were varied, some poisonous, and the equipment was most likely constructed of re-used bits and pieces of copper and other metals. No two stills were identical, and the moonshiners used a bit of creativity to create a working system. At Wiremold (where I worked) we ..read more
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Meet-up: 5 Questions from Within the Lean Community With Ron Pereira
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by Tim McMahon
1w ago
In May 2024 A Lean Journey Blog turned 15 and as I look back on how I got started and who influenced my journey I wanted to revisit a previous series I started in 2012 called the Meet-up. One of the things I am so fond of in the Lean community is the general wiliness to share with each other. I have learned so much from my very experienced colleagues since I have been an active contributor. Every month I roundup the best Lean related posts and articles I found particularly valuable from these fellow bloggers and contributors. Each one has their own story and opinions to share. The goal of Mee ..read more
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Lean Quote: America (and Lean) is Land of Opportunity
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by Tim McMahon
1w ago
On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve. "America is another name for opportunity."   —  Ralph Waldo Emerson America is known as the land of opportunity, where one could achieve anything they put their mind to, no matter who they are. Thousands of people immig ..read more
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Meet-up: 5 Questions from Within the Lean Community With Tim McMahon Re-visited
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by Tim McMahon
2w ago
As you’ve seen I have been revisiting a previous series I started in 2012 called the Meet-up. One of the things I am so found of in the Lean community is the general wiliness to share with each other.  I have learned some much from my very experienced colleagues since I have been an active contributor.  Every month I roundup the best Lean related posts and articles I found particularly valuable from these fellow bloggers and contributors. Each one has their own story and opinions to share. The goal of Meet-up is provide you an opportunity to meet some influential voices in the Lea ..read more
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Lean Quote: Success is About Preparation, Learning, and Mindset
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by Tim McMahon
2w ago
On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve. "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure."   —  Colin Powell Success is one of those things that just about everybody wants, but not nearly as many people do wh ..read more
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Lean Roundup #181 – June 2024
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by Tim McMahon
2w ago
A selection of highlighted blog posts from Lean bloggers from the month of June 2024.  You can also view the previous monthly Lean Roundups here.     Beyond Developing People – Bob Emiliani uses the simple analogy of plants, blooms, and pollination applied to the work of managers to help us understand what they must do.   A Lack of Respect for People on the Balance Sheet – Kevin Meyer discusses the flaws that people, with their brains, creativity, and experience, are not recognized as assets on traditional financial balance sheets causes.   Target, Actual ..read more
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Lean Tips Edition #301 (#3541 - #3555)
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by Tim McMahon
3w ago
For my Facebook fans you already know about this great feature. But for those of you that are not connected to A Lean Journey on Facebook or Twitter I post daily a feature I call Lean Tips.  It is meant to be advice, things I learned from experience, and some knowledge tidbits about Lean to help you along your journey.  Another great reason to like A Lean Journey on Facebook. Click this link for A Lean Journey's Facebook Page Notes Feed. Here is the next addition of tips from the Facebook page: Lean Tip #3541 – Daily Management Best Practice: Ownership for Action Items When ac ..read more
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The Importance of Hansei
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by Tim McMahon
3w ago
Hindsight is 20/20. The term “hindsight is 20/20” is often used to describe the phenomenon of being able to see things more clearly after they have happened. This phrase is derived from the idea that our vision is usually better when looking backward than forwards. Despite many believing we should always look forward instead of reminiscing about our past, if done right, it can become less of a downer and more of a positive. If we only look back to highlight the success, rather than the mistakes, then that reflection loses its value. Whilst it’s important to celebrate the positives, you can ..read more
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How Effective is Your Poka-Yoke?
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by Tim McMahon
1M ago
Poka-yoke or mistake-proofing is the use of process design features to facilitate correct actions, prevent simple errors, or mitigate the negative impact of errors. It is essentially used to make the process easier. To assess how effective your solution is, you must look at three factors: the power of the mistake-proofing solution, whether it can be overridden, and if it is sustainable over time. The first factor is to look at the mistake-proofing power.  The power of the mistake-proofing solution is a measure of how well the solution fulfills the ultimate objective of ..read more
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