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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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2014 Masters: Bubba Golf and Kaizen Thinking TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Bubba Watson is in the last pairing for the final round of The Masters at Augusta National today. He is a past Masters champion, having won in 2012 in a …Continue reading →

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Dr. Frank Jobe and Kaizen Thinking for Tommy John Surgery TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Last week Dr. Frank Jobe, the orthopedic surgeon who pioneered the “Tommy John surgery” that has revived and extended the careers for hundreds of MLB pitchers and athletes in other …Continue reading →

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Lean and the Law of Cosmic Laziness TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | My seventh grade math teacher at my little school in Indiana was a fellow named Matt Aukerman. In addition to being a great teacher and funny guy, he introduced us …Continue reading →

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What Mr. Bean Can Teach Us About Problem Solving TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | I think the IMDb.com page for the British comedy show Mr. Bean gives the best synopsis of what you need to know. Life is a difficult challenge for Mr Bean, …Continue reading →

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A Visit to TEDxColumbiaSC TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | I had the great thrill of attending the TEDx event TEDxColumbiaSC on Monday. For those of you unfamiliar, TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design) is a non-profit organization …Continue reading →

Trust TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Our trust in the athletes we’ve grown to admire was certainly tested this past week. Any way we look at trust – reliability, faith, integrity, consistency, honesty, strength – is …Continue reading →

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Articles After a Long Layoff TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | I concede that my lack of sharing new information over the last couple of weeks has allowed for a slight mental decompression – there have been a lot of new …Continue reading →

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Future State? Blow Up the Current State. TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Sometimes when we look to create an ideal future state of a process or situation, we are so heavily anchored in the non-ideal current state that our biases and familiarity …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: Fencing Technology Glitch TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Remember what I wrote about processes needing to supercede systems and technology? Failing to do so meant that a chance to win a gold medal was taken away earlier this …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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