Big Quit Reloaded – Don’t Let Knowledge Walk Out the Door or Escape Through the Window

In November 2018 I wrote a post on this very blog titled Don't Let Knowledge Walk Out the Door or escape through the window. At that time I was helping a startup to scale-up into an industrial manufacturing company, which was losing significant knowledge through employee turnover. November 2022, we are amid the Big Quit, … Continue reading Big Quit Reloaded – Don’t Let Knowledge Walk Out the Door or Escape Through the Window

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Goal Tree Chronicles- 2 Trees built in one 2-day workshop

November 2022, I moderated a Goal Tree building workshop in which 2 teams of 5 built a Goal Tree, in the same session and same meeting room. After a couple of hours spent training about the basics of “Necessity logic”, the rules of building a Goal Tree and the different uses of such a Tree, … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles- 2 Trees built in one 2-day workshop

November 2022

This month of November 2022 sees the first anniversary of the relocation of my place of residence, which is also the strong symbol of my family's desired change in life. So far, one year after, a very satisfying change from all points of view. I took the opportunity, before initiating this change, to test some … Continue reading November 2022

Get rid of horizontal alignment in strategy execution

While flipping through a vintage (2015-2016) Harvard Business Review (printed) magazine, I was struck by the article “Why Strategy Execution Unravels—and What to Do About It” by Donald Sull, Rebecca Homkes, and Charles Sull. It seems that the problems described 10 years ago are still around us, namely horizontal alignment (coordination) in strategy execution. The … Continue reading Get rid of horizontal alignment in strategy execution

Packing lots of keywords in a post is no evidence for expertise!

We come across them on Linkedin, twitter and other social media: keywords-packed posts that show how little the authors master their subject. At first glance the subject seems interesting and abundant keywords catch our attention, but soon the content appears for what it really is: a collection of trendy terms loosely stitched together that will … Continue reading Packing lots of keywords in a post is no evidence for expertise!

Lean speakers, Lean tool users and Lean Thinkers

Since awareness about Lean has spread, it seems that Lean experts are plentiful. However, when paying closer attention to those ‘experts’, they can broken down into 3 main categories, according to my opinion: Lean speakers, Lean tool users and Lean Thinkers Lean speakers Lean speakers use a lot of Lean jargon and Japanese words they … Continue reading Lean speakers, Lean tool users and Lean Thinkers

Where exactly is Gemba?

Going to see buy oneself, at the Gemba, is a Lean commandement well received (understood?) by all those who went through a Lean initiation. Now laymen and beginners may ask: where exactly is Gemba? First let’s clarify the meaning of the word Gemba. For this I’ll quote an old acquaintance of mine, Michel Baudin who … Continue reading Where exactly is Gemba?

Is Six Sigma out of fashion?

This post is inspired by an article posted June 15th, 2022 on https://www.prnewswire.com/ titled “Latest Study from Avery Point Group Concludes: Demand for Lean Professionals Remains Strong, While Six Sigma Talent Demand Continues to Decline”. In short, the mentioned study found “ongoing robust demand for Continuous Improvement skills overall, with Six Sigma talent demand showing … Continue reading Is Six Sigma out of fashion?

Is Lean Always Futile If Customers Come Last?

This post was inspired by an article published June 1, 2022 by Rick Bohan and Ron Jacques on https://www.industryweek.com/ , titled “Lean Is Futile If Customers Come Last”. The article is a critical view on some bad practices “ignoring the experience of existing and prospective customers as they try to work with you” while pretending … Continue reading Is Lean Always Futile If Customers Come Last?

Eisenhower’s matrix (Urgent-Important) adjusted for delegating decisions

The Eisenhower Matrix, also known as Urgent-Important Matrix, is a 2x2 matrix designed to help decide on and prioritize tasks by urgency and importance. This framework is attributed to general Dwight D. Eisenhower, allegedly using it when facing tough decisions during WWII, as the Allied Forces Supreme Commander. In short, the matrix is built upon … Continue reading Eisenhower’s matrix (Urgent-Important) adjusted for delegating decisions