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Taking lean to the highest level

May 26, 2014

For those who don’t know my consulting practice for the last few years has been dedicated almost exclusively to working with companies ready to go beyond lean tools and take the plunge – formally structuring their organization and management processes around their core value streams. It is a fairly elite group of companies; not for those still wavering in their commitment to lean, but the results...

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The root of all evil

May 23, 2014

Functional silos – the idea that all engineers have to work in an engineering department, all sales people have to work in a sales department and all procurement people have to work in a purchasing department – represent the over-arching deficiency in just about all companies. They are at the root of enormous amounts of wasted time and money and they are at the root of most lousy cultures. The...

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Whose history are we hanging onto?

May 22, 2014

This morning I find myself in the rare position of agreeing with just about everything in an article written by an academic in the Harvard Business Review blog. Vijay Govindarajan, a professor from Dartmouth wrote a piece titled “Strategy's No Good Unless You End Up Somewhere New”, the essence of which is that innovation isn’t a strategy by itself, but strategy must include an element of...

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Working smarter ... and harder

May 19, 2014

One of the most often repeated, and silliest, mantras spouted by lean advocates is that it is about working smarter, rather than working harder. In fact, working harder is right at the core of success – lean or otherwise. Elon Musk (he of Paypal and Tesla fame), speaking to the graduates of USC said they should, “Surround yourself with good people”. He advised them to, “Focus on the fundamentals”...

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Why Public Companies Can't Be Lean

May 14, 2014

There is an article written by Sally Blount, the Dean of Northwestern’s business school, in BusinessWeek that is curiously circular in its logic, but really gets to the heart of why publicly traded companies rarely realize the potential lean principles and philosophy has to offer; and why the few that do rarely sustain.

On the one hand Ms. Blount argues that the world needs more MBA holders,...

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Ford will be just fine

May 09, 2014

Mark Fields is replacing Alan Mulally as the head of Ford in a couple of months and I have heard some concern about that. Lean folks predict gloom and doom as a result of a hard core manufacturing guy like Mulally turning the reins over to a sales guy with a Harvard background – Fields. I don’t share that pessimism because of one incident at Ford.

Early on his tenure at Ford Mulally implemented a...

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Doing it Lombardi Style

May 04, 2014
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