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October 2011 Blog Posts (8)

Being Brilliant at the Basics

In October, I had the privilege of speaking and participating in two conferences.  One was the Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership –

The other was the Third Annual Nuclear Construction Summit –…


Added by Tom Chandler on October 31, 2011 at 1:28pm — No Comments

A Model of Open Innovation-Lessons Learned at Intel


Added by David Mixson on October 31, 2011 at 9:42am — No Comments

Improve Training Outcomes- Practical Leadership Tips

Excellent companies share several characteristics, particularly in the development of standards. Spear & Bowen (1999) described how Toyota defines clearly their standards, including content, sequence, timing, and outcomes.

When companies have problems with following standardized…


Added by David Hicks on October 31, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Mastering Cash Flow- Practical Leadership Tips

The old saying “cash is king” reminds us the importance of having sufficient cash on hand to make payroll, pay suppliers, etc. We often hear this called “cash flow.”

A recent LeanCor newsletter discussed the seven main business activities that drive cash flow. Let’s see how each of these…


Added by David Hicks on October 24, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Extended Program for Training Lean for Government Begins Today With City of Gulf Shores, Alabama

Auburn Technical Assistance Center (ATAC) kicked off a several months-long training and assistance program this morning (Oct. 19) teaching Lean Continuous Improvement to the cities of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley, and Baldwin County in south Alabama.

ATAC is facilitating this program jointly…


Added by Mitch Emmons on October 19, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Why Root Cause Failure Analysis Efforts Fail- Practical Leadership Tips

As our understanding of lean matured, we realized the importance of creating a problem solving culture.  In spite of our efforts, we sometimes see our problem solving efforts falter.  Sam McNair (2011) proposed six reasons why root cause failure analysis (RCFA) efforts fail.  His six reasons are listed below along with my comments for each.

1. RCFA is treated as a tool when it is really a process– We need to make it a normal part of our daily work instead of a special event. …


Added by David Hicks on October 17, 2011 at 6:50am — No Comments

Succession Planning and Talent Management

Last week we learned of the unfortunate, and untimely, death of former Apple, Inc. CEO Steve Jobs. Mr. Jobs had until a few weeks prior to his death been at the head of one of the most influential tech companies of our generation. Jobs was personally responsible for or oversaw the development of a number of products that turned the fortunes of Apple around from its near demise in 1998. What is just as impressive is the talent waiting in the wings to take the company forward when Jobs would…


Added by Brian Flynn on October 17, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

Professionalism- Practical Leadership Tips

In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins proposes the concept of the Level 5 Leader. Level 5 leaders exhibit a selfless concern for the long-term success of the organization.

Tony Kern proposes a similar model for professionalism, beginning with a six layer list of professional competencies:

1. Vocational Excellence

2. Professional Ethics

3. Continuous Improvement

4. Professional Engagement

5. Professional Image

6.… Continue

Added by David Hicks on October 10, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

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