This is a monthly electronic magazine for anyone who wants to be a better leader, coach, facilitator, or simply, to tune up their people skills. It is a complimentary publication, devoted to the next evolution of Quality Thinking.
Publisher: © Key Associates, LLC, 2007 ISSN # 1545-8873
“[I]t’s not the big that eat the small, it’s the fast that eat the slow” — Book by Jason Jennings and Laurence Haughton
“The average American worker has fifty interruptions a day, seventy percent of which have nothing to do with work.” — W. Edwards Deming
“You cannot become a lean and healthy organization by starving yourself … Instead, lean organizations must change their ‘eating’ habits by feeding and strengthening themselves.” — Tom Pryor
“It’s not the strongest nor most intelligent of the species that survive; it is the one most adaptable to change.” — Charles Darwin
Even if they work in an environment of abundance, why would any leader tolerate “waste” in any form? There is a new lexicon in organizations that depicts a bold agenda: value stream, empowered teams, flow, pull, perfection, transparency, swift change, pull, vital few, error proofing, lean metrics, kanban. The mantra is “do more with less, and do it faster.” But do it with direction and vision. If you can see yourself and your organization in a world where everyone continuously improves their skill levels and processes, is customer-focused and -driven, and thrives on the right product/service at the right time and location, in the right condition, then it is your job to describe it in “word pictures” that your organization can grow into.
Lean does not mean little – go for a workout: Lean does not mean Little.
GOAL/QPC has an excellent resource for additional tools, “The Lean Enterprise Memory Jogger.” Visit The Lean Enterprise Memory Jogger.
Join us in learning these tools in Key Associates’ Creative Tools and Methods for Innovation.
The basics of lean healthcare philosophy: Lean Healthcare Philosophy.
The differences between lean and traditional manufacturing: The shortest path to greater profitability.
Stop tinkering and rethink healthcare processes with Clinical Microsystems.
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