We compile ideas here for you to consider as you put together your transformation strategy.  These represent solution trends, best-practices and some thought-provoking concepts to stimulate creativity.

Cognition is the primary function of our brain.  Our brains constantly seek patterns and make survival predictions based on those patterns.  And we are in "flow" or "engaged" when we are focused completely on solving a particular problem over which we have some mastery...

The human mind appears more and more to be an emergent property of the complex system of interactions of our brain, body and interpersonal relationships.  Our organizations are just processes around which our minds and bodies and relationships interact. Under...

Accountability is a word often thrown around as a solution to sluggish performance.  I've heard more than one executive pound the table and exclaim that, "We need to hold people accountable." What does that mean, really?  How does increasing accountability actually cha...

As one undertakes any organizational transformation from one performance state to the next, communication problems arise.  They arise because there will never be enough time and resource to communicate the vision, strategy, plans and all the changes in sufficient detai...

There is no denying that many social hierarchies exist, and that a few individuals are in the highest positions in those systems.  But are they leaders?  By mechanical definition, yes.  They give the orders.  The orders are followed by others.  Is leadership anything m...

Prior to deep Lean transformations, one can often hear an Operations Director, Plant Manager or CFO offer the guidance, "We must reduce inventory."  Anyone can reduce inventory- simply throw it out.  Done.  But it's not that easy: we couldn't ship orders if we threw ou...

After nearly 40 years of Lean in the US, it is commonly assumed that 80% of companies still fail to sustain Lean implementations.  And Six Sigma initiatives seem even more difficult to sustain. Combining the two, seemingly different improvement programs, into one Lean...

We've all heard the phrase.  Many people have even been fired over it or the apparent lack of it. But what does it mean, exactly, to have a 'sense of urgency'?

First, 'sensing' in this idiom means there are specific 'things' that need to be observed: signals,...

Innovation is the invention and commercialization of something of value.  It follows then, that to innovate better or more frequently an organization needs to develop processes and expertise implementing each of the three factors of innovation: invention; commercializa...

Your operation has been reducing Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) and the Mean Time to Repair (MTTR) steadily for the past few years.  Your operation is perhaps well down the road toward implementing preventive maintenance solutions and may even be starting to impleme...

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