12 Characteristics of a Lean Organization
KaiNexus Continuous Improvement Podcast
by KaiNexus
3d ago
Read the blog post The renowned football coach and philosopher, Vince Lombardi, once said, “Perfection is unattainable, but if we chase perfection, we catch excellence.” That’s the mindset of a Lean organization. There’s a bedrock belief that every process, investment, employee, or action should directly translate to value for the customer with no waste. That ideal is unattainable, of course, but Lean organizations try to get close to it every day, and in doing so, reach a level of success that their competitors can only envy.  Every Lean organization is unique, but there are so ..read more
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[Preview] Lean: From Theory to Practice, Webinar by Elizabeth Chase
KaiNexus Continuous Improvement Podcast
by KaiNexus
6d ago
Register for the webinar Join Mark Graban as he hosts Elizabeth Chase to preview her webinar... April 24 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET Presented by Elizabeth Chase One City’s (and Library’s) Lean Story… Abridged Join us for a look at how one library’s practice of Lean introduced a city to its benefits and informed the design of the 5th largest public library in Texas, a 158,000-square-foot library (in a repurposed rocket factory). Covering everything from creating a Lean training curriculum to specific examples of applied Lean fundamentals – with a detour into Vaccine site administration – this we ..read more
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6 Steps to Continuous Improvement in the Automotive Industry 6 Steps to Continuous Improvement in the Automotive Industry
KaiNexus Continuous Improvement Podcast
by KaiNexus
2w ago
Find the blog post and the infographic Written by Danielle Yoon, read by Mark Graban. The post starts: Manufacturers of all kinds seek to achieve continuous quality improvement because it ensures the consistency of products delivered to customers and protects against the competition. It also paves the path to compliance with industry-specific standards. This is crucial in the automotive sector because defective vehicle parts may lead to expensive recalls—or worse, accidents that cost lives. Fortunately, continuous improvement has a long history in automotive manufacturing. Many of the too ..read more
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Greg Jacobson and Mark Graban Chat About KaiNexicon, the Kainexus User Conference, and More
KaiNexus Continuous Improvement Podcast
by KaiNexus
3w ago
Welcome to the KaiNexus Continuous Improvement Podcast. Today, we're excited to host Greg Jacobson, a lean thinker, and an inspiring visionary who has made significant strides in propagating the lean approach in the healthcare sector and beyond. Learn more about KaiNexicon In this captivating dialogue, Mark Graban helps unravel the remarkable journey of Greg, highlighting his deep-rooted dedication to continuous improvement that stretches back to his early days in his mother's tuxedo shop. Unfolding the chapters of Greg's extraordinary journey, we learn about the inception of KaiNexus, which c ..read more
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[Webinar] Developing Coaching Skills: Mine, Yours, Ours with Tracy Defoe
KaiNexus Continuous Improvement Podcast
by KaiNexus
1M ago
Video, slides, and more Presented by Tracy Defoe How do you develop coaching skills in yourself and others? Why would you want to? Everyone who manages people is asked to coach. Most of us think we are good at it. If you were lucky enough to learn how to develop and coach people because you were coached well from the start of your career, you are unusual. Most of us have to learn a new, quiet way of working with people to coach and develop them. Join kata coach Tracy Defoe for her ideas on developing coaching skills the Toyota Kata way, based on years of personal and group experiential learnin ..read more
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The 5 M’s of Kaizen for Effective Management
KaiNexus Continuous Improvement Podcast
by KaiNexus
1M ago
Read the blog post We often describe Kaizen as a way of looking at the world rather than a prescription for how to achieve positive change. Kaizen thinkers seek to make small changes to operations daily in search of higher quality, more efficiency, and less waste. But because the concept of Kaizen is so philosophical, it can be a challenge for people new to the idea to understand what it means in practical terms. Related: What is Kaizen? One useful tool for training managers to adopt the Kaizen mindset is called the 5 M’s. By consistently examining the 5 M’s, managers will be able to recognize ..read more
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[Webinar Preview] Developing Coaching Skills: Mine, Yours, Ours - with Tracy Defoe
KaiNexus Continuous Improvement Podcast
by KaiNexus
1M ago
To be presented March 21 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET This is a quick preview where host Mark Graban, a senior advisor with KaiNexus, chats with webinar presenter Tracy Defoe. Registration Link Webinar Description: How do you develop coaching skills in yourself and others? Why would you want to? Everyone who manages people is asked to coach. Most of us think we are good at it. If you were lucky enough to learn how to develop and coach people because you were coached well from the start of your career, you are unusual. Most of us have to learn a new, quiet way of working with people to coach and d ..read more
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How Pella Regional Medical Center Benefits from KaiNexus
KaiNexus Continuous Improvement Podcast
by KaiNexus
1M ago
Visit the KaiNexus YouTube Channel In this episode, we hear three clips with Tory Schrock, Director of Organizational Excellence at Pella Regional Health Center. Learn more about KaiNexus ..read more
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Lean Waste Reduction Strategies and Real-Life Examples
KaiNexus Continuous Improvement Podcast
by KaiNexus
1M ago
The blog post Ecologists and other environmentally aware people often talk about the goal of "Zero Waste." But, of course, that's an outstanding goal for business as well. Reducing waste is at the heart of the Lean business methodology. The purpose of Lean is to spend more of your time creating value for customers by reducing or eliminating everything that does not produce value (AKA the waste). Value can take the form of finished goods, services, or information. To make it easier to identify waste in business processes, Lean practitioners target eight specific types of waste. Although the&nbs ..read more
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10 Continuous Improvement Questions to Ask in Every Interview
KaiNexus Continuous Improvement Podcast
by KaiNexus
2M ago
The blog post Companies dedicated to the practice of continuous improvement invest a lot of time and resources into training their employees and creating a culture centered around positive change. One way to make this easier and to smooth the path to improvement is to hire people who already have the right mindset. Bringing up continuous improvement during the initial interview and throughout the hiring process lets the applicant know how important it is to your organization, and helps you weed out people who will be resistant to feedback and change. If you ask the right questions, y ..read more
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