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Todd Hudson's Maverick Thinking on Lean and Continuous Improvement
Are You a ‘Frog in a Well’?

Are You a ‘Frog in a Well’?

I spend a lot of time talking with people unfamiliar with Lean and, while I’m absolutely mad about the topic, these sessions can sometimes be very frustrating. Despite my best efforts, some people look just plain confused and others react with strong denial when I...

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The Road to Lean, Part 1: Velocity vs Engagement

The Road to Lean, Part 1: Velocity vs Engagement

Every organization is improving; they have to. Consumers and patients want higher quality and better outcomes. Shareholders demand lower costs and higher profits. New laws and regulations require better compliance and performance. And every organization has a current...

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Lean Isn’t ‘Nice’, But It’s NOT ‘Front-stabbing’!

Lean Isn’t ‘Nice’, But It’s NOT ‘Front-stabbing’!

The Wall Street Journal recently published a cringe-worthy article titled ‘Nice’ Is a Four-Letter Word at Companies Practicing Radical Candor. Here’s a paragraph from the article that captures the spirit of it. “Some companies are pushing workers to drop the polite...

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One-Learner Flow

One-Learner Flow

During a recent lunch with one of my Lean Knowledge Transfer Certification candidates, we discussed a key Lean concept that had really caught her attention. It's called "one-piece flow" and it means to satisfy individual customer demand immediately or, put more more...

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Gaming is Anti-Lean Training

Gaming is Anti-Lean Training

Traveling frequently on airplanes this past year, I started playing mobile games to pass the time or take a break from work in the flying office. I’ve been playing classics like Tetris and new ones like Geometry. I’m not a big gamer; you’ll never see my name on the...

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‘Steal’ This Lean Idea

‘Steal’ This Lean Idea

The recent article, What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team, did not, contrary to the subtitle, reveal “surprising truths.” Their findings have been around for more than 60 years and are the basis of Lean. Instead of spending millions of dollars...

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You CAN Train for Mistake-Free Performance

You CAN Train for Mistake-Free Performance

In my conference talks, I often say one of the ultimate goals of corporate learning is that employees will never make a mistake on the job. And, when I say it, I always get a big mix of laughs, snorts, and head-shaking. “Never happen,” people say. Well, go tell that...

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Visual, Intuitive and Obvious

Visual, Intuitive and Obvious

When you bought your last smart phone or tablet and took it out of the box, did you: read the manual? watch a video on how to use it? go to a class? Nah, you didn’t do any of those things, did you. You just turned the thing on and started tapping, pinching, and...

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Don’t Think. Throw.

Don’t Think. Throw.

In the movie “Bull Durham,” Kevin Costner plays a wise catcher tasked with teaching Tim Robbins’ young “meathead” pitcher how to win. When the pitcher tries to shake off his instruction, Costner’s character tells him to get out of his head. “Don’t think,” he says....

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