Tag: visual management

The Worst Waste of All

  So—is it a 9 or is it a 6? Depends on who's looking at the problem. You’ve probably seen memes similar to this that call...
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Develop a “Why?” Mindset

Lean, at its heart, is about finding the root causes of problems that prevent you from achieving your goals. Often, what stands in the way...
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SWOT: Rediscover a Classic

Ever go through your closet or toolbox and find something useful you forgot you had—and wound up being glad you did? I suggest you rummage...
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Whip Out the WIP Board

https://vimeo.com/265912042 Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, I’ve been providing you steps to stay productive and focused in work and in life. If you completed your mind map...

How to Make a Mind Map

Any Harry Potter fans out there? If so, you’re familiar with the idea of a pensieve. The wizard Albus Dumbledore uses the pensieve—a large, shallow...
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Get Wise and Synchronize!

  Want to learn how to shave weeks off knowledge work—with valuable learning as an added return on your investment? The first order of business is...
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Putting 5S to Work in the Business Office

If you read this blog regularly, you’re aware that the same lean tools that make manufacturing more efficient can work wonders in the business...
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LABP’s Biggest Gift Is Time

How are you coming along with your end-of-year initiatives? Are you realizing noticeable gains, or are you getting bogged down with too much work...

When Finger-Pointing Is a Good Thing

This month’s blog post will be short and sweet. Why? My WIP is at max! (If this concept is new to you, revisit my...
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A Better Way to Brainstorm Root Causes

Determining root causes seems to be a lost art. It’s a discipline, and if we aren’t willing to apply disciplined thinking when diagnosing a...