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Don't Let This Happen to Your Work From Home Colleagues (Copy)

A client of mine has started to bring some of their employees back into the office. They’re not ending their work from home policies, but increasingly higher ranking staff are coming back to the mothership, particularly for important meetings. This shift makes sense for many reasons, but it’s having three unfortunate side effects. First, the work from home employees are beginning to have middle school flashbacks, where they’re...

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Don't Let This Happen to Your Work From Home Colleagues

A client of mine has started to bring some of their employees back into the office. They’re not ending their work from home policies, but increasingly higher ranking staff are coming back to the mothership, particularly for important meetings. This shift makes sense for many reasons, but it’s having three unfortunate side effects. First, the work from home employees are beginning to have middle school flashbacks, where they’re...

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Leadership in World 2.0 is Going to Look a Lot Like World 1.0

Bah humbug!I’m tired of hearing about how much business and leadership is going to change in the “World 2.0.” It’s not. The fundamental principles of good business transcend the effects of COVID-19, the shift to work from home, new technologies, and all the other changes we’re living with now. To be sure, if you own cruise ships, an airline, or a live concert venue, you’ll have to deal with serious changes to your business...

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Craftsmanship, not Kaizen?

“Everyday improvement, everybody improvement, everywhere improvement.” That was Masaaki Imai’s, ahem, improvement on his earlier English translation of kaizen (which you can see in this video). Sadly, even though we’ve been preaching from this hymnal for more than 30 years, most organizations have a long way to go before the kaizen spirit is truly woven into its DNA. Perhaps there’s a better way to get people to embrace...

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Fixes That Fail

I survived four reorganizations during my time working in corporate America. They all looked good on paper. None of them made a difference to our bottom lines. The reorgs didn’t address the real problems with our products and pricing. Moreover, like most reorganizations, it destroyed the relationships, experience, and tribal knowledge that expedite decision-making and improve performance. Reorganizations bulldoze those intangible...

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Can a Public Company Ever Be Lean?

Can public US companies really embrace lean? Well sure, they can deploy lean tools here and there, but the whole socio-technical system that comprises lean? I don’t think so.Wall Street pressure for quarterly profits competes fiercely with lean principles, both inside and outside the company. Executives who take the long-term view and view employees as appreciating assets worthy of investment, rather than variable costs to be...