Problem Solving – Technology dumbing us down?

Problem Solving – Technology dumbing us down?

When I first started my career oh so many, many moons ago there was very little in terms of technology in the workplace.  I can remember being given a desktop computer with the first installation of Microsoft Office and an overwhelming feeling of trepidation and...
Excelling in excel just makes it more difficult

Excelling in excel just makes it more difficult

I have watched with great envy young engineers rattling out charts, pivot tables, and various other fantastic looking data spreadsheets. My mind is just not made that way. I struggle to keep up with reading columns and rows or cell numbers and then relating that to...
5 Guiding Principles Part Five – Continuous Improvement

5 Guiding Principles Part Five – Continuous Improvement

Five Guiding Principles  – Continuous Improvement   I’m sure you have all heard the word kaizen in your time,  ‘Kai’ meaning change and ‘zen’ meaning for the better.   I can remember leading a team on one of my first assignments in a leadership...
5 Guiding Principles Part Four – Teamwork

5 Guiding Principles Part Four – Teamwork

The Five Guiding Principles Part 4 – Teamwork   Here’s one of those words that gets tossed around without people really knowing what they expect from it. When things go wrong and the flip chart comes out for some introspection as to why things fell apart...
5 Guiding principles Part Three – Respect

5 Guiding principles Part Three – Respect

 5 Guiding principles Part Three – Respect The desire for respect is a universal value cutting across cultures and countries.  We all look for it in our relationships at work and in our personal lives.  Its one mechanism, a pretty fundamental one, for us to...
5 Guiding Principles Part Two – Challenge

5 Guiding Principles Part Two – Challenge

5 Guiding Principles Part Two – Challenge   In my previous blog I talked about my experience with Go Look See, the segue to the other guiding principles, problem solving and continuous improvement. When running workshops for leadership I ask the participants to...
Saucy ERP?  No thank you!

Saucy ERP? No thank you!

Would you like chocolate sauce with your vanilla ERP, sir? Apologies in advance but this article is going to cause a little heartburn for some. The question is: Can Lean survive in an ERP world? I have witnessed the inexorable destruction in value as ERP is introduced...
Getting Mugged (Geneo Software)

Getting Mugged (Geneo Software)

Today I spent a couple of hours with Chris Rawlins, an entrepreneur in retail. You might describe him more as a man on a mission to demonstrate how, through thoughtful leadership, companies can help disadvantaged youngsters gain employment in the community. SoFab...
Manager or leader?

Manager or leader?

I’m sure you have all seen the slide where you ask people to write down the difference between a manager and a leader.   Manager or leader?  Am I wrong to suggest that we need both?  I know that we want to be inspired and led by some visionary etc, etc.  But what...
Is your business ready for Lean?

Is your business ready for Lean?

Most business leaders wish to see their business performance continually improve and most of them, at some stage, attempt to implement a Lean improvement programme. Additional ‘Lean expert’ resource is often engaged to provide leadership, and the programme will...