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January 2012 Blog Posts (7)

Baldwin County set for Lean treatment

Baldwin County Lean Government


Published: Friday, January 27, 2012, 8:21 AM

Connie Baggett, Press-Register

Added by Auburn Works on January 30, 2012 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Lean program helps Gulf Shores save money

Gulf Shores Lean Government


BY JOHN MULLEN | Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:00 am

GULF SHORES, Ala. – David Peleschak had seen this before. Or at least he thought he had.

The city had signed up for a nine-class program called the…


Added by Auburn Works on January 30, 2012 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Toyota Contradictions

Extreme Toyota identified six contradictory forces Toyota on the move. It relentlessly pits these forces against each other to realize continuous innovation and constant renewal:

1. Moving gradually but also taking big leaps.

2. Cultivating frugality while spending huge sums.

3. Operating efficiently as well as redundantly.

4. Cultivating stability and a paranoid mindset.

5. Respecting bureaucratic hierarchy and allowing freedom to dissent.

6. Maintaining…


Added by Hank Czarnecki on January 27, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Managerial Work and the Importance of Managers: Part 2 - Defining Managers and What They Do

Last week I introduced my multi-part series on managerial work and managers. Hopefully, I provided ample evidence to support the idea that highly effective managers are critical to the organization's success, so the next logical question is how do I select and develop managers for greater effectiveness? Before we can do that, we need to address two fundamental questions: (1) What is a manager? and (2) What do managers do? 

What is a manager?

If I were…


Added by Brian Flynn on January 23, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Where's the Exit?- Practical Leadership Tips

When you travel on a commercial flight, the safety briefing always includes a discussion of the exits.  When you go to a movie, the safety briefing includes, "The exits to the right and left of the screen have been checked and are clear exits from the building in the event of an…


Added by David Hicks on January 17, 2012 at 6:36pm — No Comments

1001 Ways to Celebrate and Improve Your Bottom-Line

Two recent events reminded me of the importance of celebrating. One involved a friend whose Army son was promoted from Captain to Major. My friend beamed as he described the ceremony in great detail. He talked about how his son’s commanding officer, with great eloquence and without notes, described his son’s character and recited his accomplishments. The military knows how to celebrate and bestow honor…


Added by Tom Chandler on January 16, 2012 at 11:28am — No Comments

Managerial Work and the Importance of Managers

Over the last eight to ten months, I have been fascinated with the work of managers (so much so that I have chosen this topic for my dissertation, but that's another story, see below ). Good managers are essential to organizational success. In fact, every organization can benefit from good managers because, like superior technical employees, they bring qualities and characteristics to the organization that can help it obtain and sustain competitive advantage. In fact, there is a long history…


Added by Brian Flynn on January 16, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

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