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Honsha Executive Development Mission – Japan

Hi everyone! Take a look at this video I did for my team at Honsha. We host an amazing Lean mission to Japan several times a year, and this video is just a taste of what those fortunate enough to be a part of it can experience. Enjoy! -Jeremy

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Lean at the Japanese Eye Clinic

Good afternoon!

I’m amazed at how easy this can be.  I am always hearing form people how “Lean won’t work here, because we aren’t a manufacturer”, etc..  Here’s an example of the power of simple Lean thinking, at an eye clinic I visited recently in Hirakata City, near Osaka, Japan.  Please leave a comment on the YouTube page, or subscribe to receive the upcoming videos.  Enjoy!  -Jeremy

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The Tsukubai Teaches Us About Lean

Hi everyone,

Here is the first video from a new series of lessons from The Lean Workshop.  I hope you find it useful!  If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact me, or post comments on the YouTube page!  Subscribe, too, if you like the information!  Thank you.

 

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Is the Glass Half Full, or Half Empty?

Hi everyone,

Being The Lean Guy is fun.  There’s an old question: Is the glass half empty, or is it half full?  We even use it as characterization: “You’re a ‘glass is half empty’ kind of guy!”  We all know it and use it.  With that in mind, I’m going to share a quick story with you.

I was invited to a gathering of industry professionals in supply chain and distribution.  People from major retailers, grocery chains, and shipping/freight companies were in attendance.  An invited speaker presented, a list of ten topics, stating “these are the ten we have decided are the most important aspects of our industry, until 2025”.

He then asked “Which of these items is the most important, and why?”  Concepts like e-commerce, sustainability, technology and automation stared back at us.  People spoke up and there was honest debate – all of them were important!  Then the speaker asked: “Which of these is the least important?….”  Silence.  This guy had just said “These are our industry’s Ten Commandments”, and now he’s asking which is least important?  In front of colleagues?  Nobody seemed to want to say a topic wasn’t important.

As the painful seconds ticked by, I noticed that one of the Ten Commandments was “Planning and Organization”.   Even though I was just a guest, I broke the silence:

“Planning and Organization is probably the least important.” I offered.

“Okay.  Thank you.  And why?” the speaker said, looking a little relieved.

“Well, because of ‘Planning'”, I said, “…everything is accelerating.  We just talked about same-day delivery from Amazon.  We talked about drones delivering groceries.  As we continue on this path, agility  and flexibility will need to replace good planning in order to keep up with a rapidly changing marketplace.  And, as we all know, the further out you plan, the more wrong you are.”

There were audible reactions of all types from the room.  I couldn’t tell if I was about to be cheered or thrown out by my collar.

I also remember the sound of some people’s balloons popping.  Some of them make their living forecasting and planning.

The point is this… We get our noses buried so deeply into the things we are good at, that we don’t don’t stop to ask “why?”, and ask if it is something we should be good at, or if anyone else is going to want it from us in a few years.  That night ended with a man coming up and handing me his business card.  He said “The entire room gasped when you said that.  I want to call you next week.”  Being The Lean Guy is fun.

So the next time you are discussing whether the glass is half full or half empty, call me.  I’ll be happy to take a look and suggest that you update the size of your glass to be the right size for your water.

If you’ve never thought about the glass itself being the wrong one for the situation, that’s where lean comes in.

Have a great day!

Jeremy

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Test Post for 5/15

This is a test!  Enjoy!

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