5 Tips for Leading Successful change – A Collaborative Lean Transformation Approach

Planning Planning is a critical element to any change / continuous improvement initiative. Unfortunately it is an area where most of us fail! I discovered this early during my own Lean journey. Based on my understanding of Lean at the time, I introduced a number of improvements over a 12 month period of time that appeared rather impressive. Reality set

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How increasing your positivity will allow you to come back stronger when life knocks you down

  Workplace stress costs the economy billions of dollars every year.  As a result, we see greater emphasis on creating healthy workplaces, enhancing well-being and resilience. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity or deal with setbacks.  Everyone needs resilience: it is a key to success at work and to satisfaction in life. Let’s face it, life is

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The Human-Nature Connection: Bringing Benefits from the Forest to the Workplace

James stood on the trail, closed his eyes and took a deep breath. The knot under his shoulder blade seemed to grab the breath and put the brakes on. He exhaled, and noticed the tightness in his jaw. His thoughts kept churning. Project reports due. Evaluations to review. Worries about his mother’s health. Then he tuned in again to the

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The Real Leader is… He Who Follows.

The phrase might be “follow the leader“, but there is no leader without followers. Do you recognize yourself when people talk about leaders and leadership? Many people don’t, especially when the focus is on inspiring others, crafting a compelling vision, being charismatic, or other similar things. We need to get beyond such narrow descriptions of leadership to its real essence: Simply put, leadership

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Lean vs Six Sigma: Do you really need Six Sigma?

There has been much historical debate when it comes to Lean vs Six Sigma. Most people have strong opinions about which method is more effective for achieving results.  While Lean is a systematic approach to eliminating waste and creating flow in your processes, six sigma is a set of tools and strategies that help to limit defects and variations in processes.

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