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Lean Resources

Here you will find a host of information providing insights into operational excellence and innovation suitable for a range of industries and experience levels.

#3 White Paper

Lean Practices Support Innovation

To consistently drive top-line growth, leaders must commit to a disciplined and creative focus on meeting today’s market challenges while strengthening capabilities for future competitive mastery. It’s a matter of keeping the core business running optimally without losing sight of what’s on the horizon—and being prepared for and open to “creative destruction.”

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#7 White Paper

Mastering the Gemba Walk

What’s the center stage of lean management?
The “gemba” is, of course. That’s the “real place” where work is happening, where value is being created. That’s the focal point of improvement, of lean thinking and action.

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Make it Visible…

#22 OE Newsletter

Last month saw another round of graduates from our Lean Manager for Services Certification held on the campus of The Ohio State University. Instructor and Executive Partner of Productivity Inc., Catherine Converset, spent a few minutes with us recently to talk about implementing lean in service and administrative functions.

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#9 White Paper

What’s Missing From Your Lean Initiative?

TPM’s integral role, with 5 takeaways to guide your strategy.
Most business owners and general managers recognize just how critically important proper equipment maintenance is, particularly in an asset-oriented work environment. 

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Lessons from Hackathons

#19 Innovation Newsletter

The term “hacking” usually brings to mind the activities of rogue computer programmers with bad intentions working to breach the security of a network. In that context, a “hackathon” might sound like a race to see who can be best and fastest intruder.

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Our most popular resources

Going Green With Your Gemba Walk

Lean is all about learning and the Gemba Walk provides a perfect learning platform.  Use the Gemba Walk for more than just an audit.  Use it as a way to teach employees at all levels the basics of continuous improvement.

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Traditional Accounting vs Lean Accounting

David Paino from Brian Maskell Associates discusses the differences between traditional accounting and Lean accounting with Karl Wadensten of "The Lean Nation" AM790 radio broadcast. An overview which looks into the differences between the two approaches and how Lean accounting seeks to obtain "actionable" information from accounting in order to maximize flow; creating different assumptions about profit and using this to create an alternative business map.

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Servant Leadership in a Lean Organization

#12 OE Newsletter

We frequently hear the term “servant leader” used to describe an ideally “enlightened” manager or executive. People who instinctively welcome the idea of servant leadership often see it as a sort of inverted management pyramid, with executives supporting the rest of the organization.

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