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Train Your Mind To Think Differently

Dr. Edward de Bono, the world’s leading authority on conceptual thinking as the driver of organizational innovation, strategic leadership, individual creativity, and problem-solving, says we too often confuse wisdom and cleverness.  We concentrate on cleverness and neglect wisdom because we believe that you have to be ancient to be wise.  Cleverness has to do with solving complex puzzles...

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Use Lean Six Sigma Tools and Methods In Your Thinking To Better Analyze And Solve Problems

I often think there is a gap in what we learn and how we use that knowledge in real-life situations to analyze and solve problems, especially when it relates to statistical techniques and their use.  Using Lean Six Sigma tools and methods should be the way we think and analyze situations we encounter in our every day lives.  Let me give you a few examples to prove my point. Control charts can...

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Engineers Use Lean Six Sigma Principles To Help Them Think Scientifically

As an engineer myself, I often wished I could have started my career with the knowledge I had acquired by the end of my career.  I had the opportunity to learn something new every day, design new products and processes, work with great skilled tradespeople, solve problems, teach problem-solving and Lean Six Sigma around the world, and travel meeting new people.  It was a great career and I...

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Applying Lean in a Finance Department

One of the problems that many manufacturing companies face in deploying lean in their operation is the conflict with how to account for inventory.  In lean, we learn that inventory is waste and the root of all evil.  It is something we need to eliminate.  The standard-cost absorption accounting method, however, takes the opposite view: it rewards those who build inventory, allowing them to...

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Lean Six Sigma in Human Resources

Any process that has a gap in performance is a candidate for a Lean Six Sigma project and that includes the Human Resource processes and department.  Over the years I’ve been involved in a variety of HR projects that include: Reducing the time to hire new employees Hiring process for summer help On-boarding of new employees Improving the FMLA process Reducing recruitment...

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3 Reasons Lean Six Sigma May Not Be Right For Your Organization?

Many organizations have implemented and are benefiting from Lean Six Sigma.  But is there a time when Lean Six Sigma is not right for your organization? I’ve written about the benefits of Lean Six Sigma and how it takes a dedicated infrastructure, execution, and strong management support and oversight.  Lean Six Sigma is not for the faint of heart and will change the culture and...

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