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Todd Hudson's Maverick Thinking on Improving Speed, Quality, Safety and Costs
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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Who’s In Charge of Your Value Stream?

Who’s In Charge of Your Value Stream?

To illustrate a point about Lean, I need to tell you the sad story of a failed cake. Sylvia was hosting a big celebration for her parents’ 50th anniversary. She ordered a delicious cake from the Sweetie-Sweets Bakery, to be delivered at exactly 2 pm on Saturday....

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Not All Content is Equal

Not All Content is Equal

It’s 10:38 on an average Tuesday morning. You’re just settling into your second cup of coffee when you hear a sound that makes your blood run cold: the siren that signals a hazardous materials release in the laboratory. As you rush through crowds of evacuating...

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4 Principles to Improve Learning

4 Principles to Improve Learning

Lean generates powerful results because it orients all learning activities around what we call the Four Pillars of Lean Knowledge Transfer. They are: Pillar #1 – Learner Focus Traditional training makes it all about the trainer, and even though a lot of pros are...

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Training Smackdown: Expensive Ignorance

Training Smackdown: Expensive Ignorance

In a recent online discussion with professional trainers, I shared my assertion that the vast majority of training activities (80% to 90%) are waste, meaning that the activities don’t directly help a learner perform better on the job. My point didn’t go over well. One...

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‘Lean’ Chicago Cubs-Style

‘Lean’ Chicago Cubs-Style

After the Red Sox lost the American League Championship Series, it was an easy decision to root for the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. Why? Joe Maddon, their manager, is clearly someone who thinks and practices Lean. He’s known for his lengthy team meetings and...

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5S This Mess!!!

5S This Mess!!!

5S is an awesome technique for organizing places and things in both your work AND personal lives. It saved my wife and I during our recent move into our new house. Now, we’re on a ‘5S Mission’ all the time!

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Portland House Hunting Horrors

Portland House Hunting Horrors

Buying a house in Portland, Oregon, is a nightmare. Whatever crazy, outrageous stories you’ve heard, they’re true. Whatever unbelievable statistics you’ve read, they’re also true. Get ready to hear mine. There’s less than four weeks of inventory on the market; there’s...

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