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Skills Development and Assessment
Article by Dave Grubb - 11/24/2014 11:04:45 AM

Can you answer the following questions with a resounding yes? 1. Do you have a defined objective method of evaluating employee skills levels? 2. Do you have a development program clearly defining ind... Read More..


Continuing Education—Your Own
Article by Dave Grubb - 10/27/2014 9:42:00 AM

I have devoted a number of articles to education. I am encouraged that, after decades of our seeming wandering in the desert seeking college degrees of questionable value, we have at least opened the... Read More..


Overcoming the Challenges of External Functional Silos
Article by Dave Grubb - 9/29/2014 9:23:46 AM

Silos exist all along the route of supplying products to your customers. Those silos begin with your suppliers, continue across your organization, and then into the distribution chain. The primary po... Read More..


Sustaining the Gains—The New Way of Life at Work
Article by Alan Severance - 9/5/2014 4:05:45 PM

So far, we have been discussing how to get where you need to be – aligned, efficient, enjoying greater organizational performance. Having gotten to this point, you will find one thing for certain: st... Read More..


Silos Aren’t Only on Farms
Article by Dave Grubb - 8/22/2014 4:00:00 PM

Silos commonly exist within companies and unlike storage silos they have no value; to the contrary, they are both a disruptive and expensive waste of organizational resources. Read More..


Learning to See
Article by Alan Severance - 8/8/2014 4:00:00 PM

One of the hardest things to do is to learn to “See.” Over time, many leaders learn what to look for, or look at, when we are on the shop floor or in the office. We usually do not have the time, or t... Read More..


Taking Lean Personal
Article by Dave Grubb - 7/25/2014 4:00:00 PM

Many of us spend countless hours searching for ways of reducing waste. Have you ever looked at your own day-to-day activities? How often do you ask yourself if there is a more efficient way of prefor... Read More..


Use a Lean Template
Article by Alan Severance - 7/4/2014 4:00:00 PM

As you continue your company’s journey to the next level, keep a Lean Template in mind for every part of the organization. Everything you do from this point forward will be part of the permanent chan... Read More..


Positive Changes in Education
Article by Dave Grubb - 6/20/2014 4:00:00 PM

I began this morning by reading an article in the Wall Street Journal , ostensibly about Yahoo’s decision to end their policy of “work at home.” Included in the article was discussion of companies wh... Read More..


Look Outside Your World for Ideas
Article by Alan Severance - 6/6/2014 4:00:00 PM

To really reinforce your own strengths and ideas, begin looking around your community for sources of new ideas and new approaches. Your world is full of resources, many of them existing long before D... Read More..


 
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