Lean Management - Efficient, Effective


Election 2014 – Fix the System

Election2014

Election 2014 is upon us and nothing has changed.  We have the same people running the country and the voters are still expecting different results.  Some politicians have been entrenched in Congress for decades.  Please don’t tell me the 2016 ticket will be the same candidates we’ve seen for the past few years…Bush…Clinton…really, America? The waste associated with the politicalRead the Rest…


FairTax And Efficiency

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The FairTax is basically a national sales tax that would replace the current individual and corporate income and payroll tax.  It is HR25 in the House and S 122 in the Senate.  Unfortunately govtrack.us gives this bill a 0% chance of being enacted.  This is the best idea for streamlining tax collection ever, period.  So, if this is such aRead the Rest…


Perfection Is Expensive

Perfection

Perfection is the pursuit of any company that practices Continuous Improvement, Lean, Six Sigma, the list goes on and on.  Perfection should be the ultimate goal in any business.  Competitors will find a way to be more cost efficient.  If you don’t keep up they will steal your customers.  Perfection is not as elusive as you may think.  Just beRead the Rest…


Getting Things Done With Evernote Folders

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Evernote has become the premier cloud-based note taking application.  It is widely popular because of its flexibility of deployment.  It is available via web browsers, mobile devices, and as a local install on Mac and Windows computers.  Since your notes are stored in the cloud, you have instant access from all of your devices. The flexibility of Evernote extends to filing,Read the Rest…


Bottlenecks And Political Inefficiency

Have you ever thought there was an employee who knew so much and had so much experience, they could not be replaced?  We encounter this frequently in smaller manufacturing companies because maintaining the status quo is so easy to do.  If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right? Wrong!  It actually is broken.  What you have is a bottleneck.  YourRead the Rest…


Verify Then Trust Your Data

Imagine you are sitting on the board of the largest global bank. The data used in the board meetings should be pretty accurate, right? Now imagine you are a middle manager with a local manufacturing company. The data used to make a decision regarding equipment upgrades should be just as accurate, if not more so.  You have to verify theRead the Rest…


Hire Wrong And Fire Right

You may be asking why I would suggest hiring the wrong person. Well, these days it’s all about the numbers. You really never know if someone is right for the job until you hire them. In fact, you don’t know if someone is wrong for the job until you hire them. A former boss once told me that a goodRead the Rest…


Delegation Rocks!

We have all read the principles of delegation.  I especially like the visual of the manager giving a direct a little rock.  Then, once in the direct’s hand, it magically turns into a big rock.  It turns out this oversimplified visualization really is the key to successful delegation. The key is understanding the science behind what it takes to turnRead the Rest…


LEAN Manufacturing May Not Be Lean

Most everyone in the business world has some knowledge of Lean Manufacturing.  The official Wikipedia definition of Lean Manufacturing is “a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination.”  There are several related practices such as the ToyotaRead the Rest…


Lean Management

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iManage4Results applies Lean Manufacturing concepts to every day management techniques.  You try to eliminate waste on the shop floor, so you might as well apply that same process to your management function.


Add value and preserve resources with every decision.