Category Archives: LEAN Management

Lean Lessons: Eliminating Waste from Your Work

How much of your average day feels like wasted time? The principles of lean management offer valuable lessons to help ensure your time is spent on what’s most important to you. Jamie Flinchbaugh, co-founder of the Lean Learning Center and …

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How to Keep Your Business Plan Lean and Efficient

No business plan should be written in stone. Business conditions are always changing, the marketplace is always in flux—and your lean business plan should reflect these changes. But lean “doesn’t just mean thin,” says Tim Berry, President of Palo Alto …

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Building a Better Business Through Lean Principles

“Lean” is a set of management principles based on the Toyota Production System (TPS), coined by a group of MIT researchers who wrote, “The Machine That Changed The World.” It’s been applied to manufacturing (factories, product design and administrative functions) and …

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Three Ways to Encourage Lean Management

Lean works best when opportunities for continuous improvement bubble up from the bottom of an organization. Every team member should be enthusiastic about evaluating his or her performance and comfortable speaking to a manager about enhancing product flow. In order …

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Economy Forces Business Schools to Go Lean

Educational facilities that prepare students to manage others are obliged to practice fiscally sound management techniques. This philosophical imperative may not have been enough to convince most business schools to stay Lean when their endowments were generating ample returns, but, …

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The Seven Deadly Wastes of Lean Management

If you are a Lean manager, you can rattle off the original seven wastes, described by Taiichi Ohno, at a moment’s notice. In fact, you likely know of at least two additional wastes you would add to the master list. …

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Saga of the Typewriter and Extinction of an Industry

Recently, a United Kingdom newspaper reported the last typewriter factory in the world had closed its doors. The story swept the Web within hours, triggering numerous emotional responses. Meanwhile, skeptics and typewriter enthusiasts fact-checked the original report and learned that it …

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Why Lean Principles Are Ideal for Health Care

Lean management has recently been implemented by numerous hospitals and other health care providers. It seems every day a new story showcases outstanding results from a Lean transition in a hospital or clinical setting. For instance, a Canadian hospital cut …

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Traits of Highly Effective Lean Managers

Lean management, unlike some other management styles, cannot succeed based on a visionary leader’s charisma and inspiration alone; it must be paired with genuine effectiveness on  every level. If you are seeking a method of determining the likely effectiveness of …

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Four Ways to Keep Employees Engaged to Create Efficiency

Lean managers tend to be technical thinkers with an affinity for numbers, but as we’ve discussed, the very best Lean managers are also emotionally intelligent. Companies with Lean leaders who excel at employee engagement also have loyal customers, high Net …

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