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Why Overpurchasing Is Wasteful TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | It’s very easy to get caught up in volume discounts – buy more at one time or buy earlier, and we’ll give you a price break on each piece. It …Continue reading →

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Tyrannosaurus Rex = Problem Solver TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | It was the biggest joke pulled on one of the fiercest dinosaurs. Obviously the Tyrannosaurus Rex species did just fine without the assistance of long arms, but it certainly made …Continue reading →

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Brazil Nightclub Fire and Disaster Prevention TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | |   Wow. A horrendous nightclub fire in Brazil has left 230+ patrons dead. This is a complete disaster and horrible situation. My thoughts go out to the victims and their …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 →

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Kicking Off The New Year With Resolutions As SMART Goals TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | It’s January 1, 2013!! (Well, okay, when this is posted it will be January 2.) That means everyone is going nuts with resolutions for the new year. And in about …Continue reading →

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Additions to the 2012 Recap TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | As per my usual, there were some pretty cool things from 2012 that I inadvertently left out! First, I wrote an early year post about SMART goals. One of those …Continue reading →

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A Recap of 2012 (and a little bit of 2011) TAGS: | | | | | | | | | It’s December 31st. The very last day of the calendar year of 2012. Seeing how it’s the very last 1/366th of the year’s existence, and just like every other thing …Continue reading →

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Long Overdue Thank-Yous TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | With 2012 winding down, there are a few key posts I’d like to share before we flip the calendar to 2013. This first one is to recognize (just about) everyone …Continue reading →

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Some Lean Thoughts From the Road TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Having spent significant time on the road the last month or so, I’ve come across many more opportunities for Kaizen or places where Lean thinking is applied well. ~~~~~~~ Airport …Continue reading →

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Kanban in a Veterinary Office TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | A couple weeks ago I brought my French bulldog to his veterinarian because he was sick. After he was treated and given a prescription, I noticed that the office had …Continue reading →

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“We Don’t Have Time for Kaizen” TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | In a past career stop, I was in a manufacturing production meeting providing a recap of a failed Kaizen event held on the shop floor the day earlier. The event …Continue reading →

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The Toyota Way Principles and Small Business TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | We’ve finally gotten through all 14 Toyota Way principles¬†and what each of them can mean for business operations. But putting them all together can be a challenge, but certainly one …Continue reading →

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Panera Bread Coffee, Visual Management, and Reduced Motion TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Here’s an opportunity for Panera Bread to implement a slight change to their “equipment” in order to better serve the customers and the operators. The typical Panera Bread coffee customization …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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Lean Oops!: Slightly Political Edition TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | As is a theme that I hope continues, here are some more Lean Oops! scenarios courtesy of contributors to Reddit.

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