July 1, 2018

Why every team needs critical, lateral and creative thinkers

I have worked both in and with many teams over the last 20 years, some were successful, and others were not.  There was always one thing that seemed to stick out as an underlying factor to being successful – the outlook and balance of the team, the way it thought […]
May 18, 2018

Are you just masquerading as a Lean Organisation?

Is everything that we see really as we think it is? It’s important to see reality not just what we want to. Coincidentally, I have been speaking with a number of Lean Improvement practitioners recently in different Organisations about CI culture and what that actually means. They all had one […]
February 28, 2018

5 Lean behaviours we should all practice

Lean is much more than just a tool box. James discussed the key lean behaviours required to drive sustainable rapid improvement. Hopefully you have been enjoying my articles (if you haven’t I’d be pleased for the feedback). If you have been reading along then you will have ascertained that my […]
December 2, 2017

Organisational Reflection

Lean is very much about Organisational development and to develop as an Organisation we must learn as a team. For my last blog of the year, I thought it appropriate to write a little about reflection. It’s strange that in life we seem to need some sort of milestone or […]
November 14, 2017

Transformational Leadership

Lean thinking requires a very different mindset at all levels of the Organisation. Here James discusses how our approach much change based on what we have in front of us. This week I have been invited into a really exciting organisation that is transforming the way it works. It was […]
October 12, 2017

5 points for perfection

We are all undertaking a healthy pursuit of perfection, but can we really get there and if not, how do we enjoy the journey in trying? After writing my last entry on Pull, I thought it only right to move onto perfection. As I’m sure you’re aware that this is […]
September 18, 2017

Keep Pulling

A short discussion on how the lean principle of Pull means much more than just a kanban card in a box. The five lean principles are well known nowadays. Many organisations across just about any industry you can think of work extremely hard to implement them. With this wealth of […]
July 28, 2017

A year from now, you’d wish you had started today

All organisations want to sustainably improve so why are we not starting immediately and taking full advantage?  It can be hard to get started with a task or activity you know you really should start sometimes – my currently unused gym membership is a fine example. Getting sidetracked personally is […]
June 28, 2017

Are you a suitable candidate?

Everyone has a different perception and things to offer us, so how can we take advantage? As is becoming a theme through my articles, the importance of understanding people and taking appropriate time to develop their skills in problem solving should not be under-estimated. Over the last couple of months, […]
June 26, 2017

Is Lean the best way to make change happen?

For sure there are plenty of Lean zealots out there who are totally committed to that statement. People who live and breathe Lean as a way of life, always looking to make a difference and always looking for opportunities to make things better. I share much with these individuals and […]
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