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ASQ Influential Voices: Link Between Quality and Education – Part I TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | The final keynote speaker for the ASQ World Conference in Dallas, education reformer Michelle Rhee, stated that a low-quality education results in a low-quality workforce. I’m certainly inclined to believe …Continue reading →

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More Exposed Mistreatment of NFL Cheerleaders TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | After the first in-depth analysis of the unfair treatment of the Raiderettes, the Oakland Raiders cheerleaders, more and more squads of NFL cheerleaders are coming forward sharing similar stories of …Continue reading →

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“Be Lean” vs. “Do Lean” TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | It’s common for companies to hear about the great benefits Lean and Six Sigma can bring about in their organizations – they hear about the streamlining of processes and gained …Continue reading →

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What Brad Stevens Leaving Butler Can Teach Us About Lean TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Brad Stevens was seemingly part of the next wave of great college basketball coaches – 36 years young, sticking it out with one small Indiana school (Butler University) by turning …Continue reading →

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NFL Replacement Officials and Quality Defects TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Principle #5 from The Toyota Way states “Build a culture of stopping to fix problems, to get quality right the first time.” Through three weeks of the NFL football season …Continue reading →

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NFL Replacement Referees and Lack of Standardized Work TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | So, NFL, how are these replacement referees working out for you? Between snagging one off the street who turned out to have significant New Orleans Saints allegiances to the lack …Continue reading →

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Football Fans Falling from Stadium Upper Decks TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | The 2012 football season was barely a week old when two fatal falls from stadium upper decks took place. First, a fan fell from a fifth-floor escalator at Reliant Stadium …Continue reading →

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2012 Summer Olympics: Women’s Gymnastics Vault Problems in Sydney Olympics TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Many of you watched women’s gymnastics at the Olympics this year, so you got the chance to see the gymnasts perform the vault event using a vaulting table. However, twelve …Continue reading →

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2012 Summer Olympics: Jordyn Wieber and “Dumb, Stupid Rules” TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Congratulations are in order for Gabby Douglas, the U.S. gymnast who won the Olympics women’s gymnastics all-around gold medal today, marking the third straight all-around gold medal for the United …Continue reading →

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Toyota Way Principle #14: Become a Learning Organization TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | (This is part of a series looking at the 14 Principles of The Toyota Way. Here we look at Toyota Way Principle 14.) This is the final principle, the one …Continue reading →

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Toyota Way Principle #9 and Notre Dame Football TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | The 2012 college football season will be the third for Brian Kelly as the head coach of the University of Notre Dame football team. Prior to his hire at Notre …Continue reading →

A Lamborghini & Process vs. System TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | I have encountered multiple scenarios in my career where upper management was under the impression that putting in fancy new systems and technology would dramatically boost productivity and the quickness …Continue reading →

The Big Oops with the Barclays Center TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | You know the phrases “too many chefs in the kitchen” and “too many Chiefs, not enough Indians” or “a camel is a horse designed by a committee?” Too many people …Continue reading →

Standardized Work – Speed vs. Consistency TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | It’s safe to say that it’s ideal to have processes move as fast and consistently as possible. Speed and consistency are two big contributing factors toward productivity and efficiency. But …Continue reading →

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