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March 2012 Blog Posts (5)

Freeing Your Mind toward Continuous Improvement


I recently went to a Toyota Kata seminar instructed by Mike Rother who is the author of the book Toyota Kata.  The book explains the improvement process using a structured approach involving many rapid improvement cycles, commonly called PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act).  By practicing these…


Added by Rick Battye on March 30, 2012 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Managers-Work the Lean Approach to Your Advantage

Today, while driving to work, I was thinking about how hard it is to work with a “continuous improvement” approach.  The company you are working for needs improvements that will have a big impact on the bottom line.  This push for big impacts soon is almost contrary to the Lean approach which is methodical small improvements with an aim at perfection.

Lean workers are we aiming at perfection with such intent that we don’t concentrate on “better”?  An article that I read recently…


Added by John David Hayes on March 30, 2012 at 10:59am — No Comments

Managerial Work and the Importance of Managers: Part 5: Defining Performance

My last post took a brief diversion from the previous few posts, so now it is time to turn our attention back to managerial work. As I discussed in Part 4 of this thread, managerial performance is primarily influenced by cognitive ability, and this relationship is moderated (influenced) by the manager's personality, motivation, and skills. Before we get into the details of each of the variables of the model, I think it is important to first establish a clear definition of the outcome…


Added by Brian Flynn on March 30, 2012 at 8:15am — No Comments

3 Factors For Success

Recently I had the privilege of delivering the keynote address at my nephew’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor.


My message was “Success as an Identity” and I covered three factors for success – Trust,…


Added by Tom Chandler on March 20, 2012 at 10:43am — No Comments

Managerial Work and the Importance of Managers: Interlude

In my last post I introduced my model of managerial performance. If you recall, I suggest that cognitive ability is the foundational link to managerial performance. Three other characteristics influence that relationship in different ways. These characteristics are personality, motivation, and skills. I was planning on discussing the model in more detail during this posting today, but I ran across an interesting article in Forbes magazine that I think highlights the current thinking on job…


Added by Brian Flynn on March 5, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

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