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Problem Solving WHYOver the last few years I have found myself time and time again working with organisations that just don’t get “Problem Solving”

What I mean is they invest millions of pounds and dollars into understanding lean techniques and into problem solving methodologies, even more into six sigma programs and yet their problem solving capabilities is still relatively ineffective. Continue reading

Gullfoss IcelandI am currently taking the opportunity to explore Iceland and all its waterfalls, geysers, hot springs and mountains for a few days prior to speaking at the“Lean Island”Conference in Reykjavik.

In preparing for my keynote speech, it reminded me how few organisations and managers take time out to really plan how to succeed with their next project or program. Continue reading

High PerformanceLean is more than tools & Kaizen……real lean is all about growing people & helping people to perform at their very best, in the way “they” perform at their best.

If the tools we teach people constrain how they perform, if they are introduced without regard to teaching thinking, resourcefulness and systemising how people work, then something is missing. Continue reading

LMi Christmas Wishes 2013As this week progresses and everyone scrabbles to complete their work and commitments for 2013, and set themselves up for next year, we at Lean mentor International wanted to wish all our visitors, connections, friends, colleagues and clients a Very Merry Christmas and A Highly Successful 2014. Continue reading

Mental Toughness

Does Toyota Create Mental Toughness in its People?

We all know that people are our most valuable asset, and they are essential to the performance of our businesses, wouldn’t it be a good idea to assist both managers and employees to develop optimum mental strength?

The usual phrase is “mental toughness”, conjuring up a vision of muscular men, sports, injuries, and heroic feats, but the phrase “mental strength” Continue reading

Teaching People How to Think-largeSafety and Lean go hand in hand in terms of continuous improvement. Whilst lean looks to eliminate waste and increase both efficiency and effectiveness and value of an organisation, safety focus or creating a safety culture engages members to look for. become highly aware of and eliminate hazards that ensure a safer, more secure and less vulnerable working environment for all. Continue reading

Eiji ToyodaEiji Toyoda has left us aged 100, one of the fathers of lean thinking and TPS, Eiji Toyoda was a significant contributor to the Toyota we know of today, but more than this he was a shaper and designer of what I believe to be one of the greatest companies of the modern era. Continue reading

networked-worldWhat is a Total Lean Enterprise

Whilst many organisations focus on getting to grips with the lean tools and techniques and managing the change to a new way of working and managing their new business practices, some organisations are realising that “lean” is much more than tools and techniques, more than a new way of leading and Continue reading