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#10 White Paper If History Can Teach Us Anything... It's How to Lead

Q. What key activity continues to be undervalued when implementing improvement efforts?
A. Leadership.

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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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#8 White Paper How to Write an Effective, Repeatable Maintenance Procedure…

In this article Marty Tauber shares some tips on how to document maintenance procedures. When maintenance procedures that have been customized for your processes and equipment are effectively documented, taught, reinforced, used, and updated, they help drive standard work, support the pillars of TPM, and foster true culture change.

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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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#6 White Paper Process Innovation in Action

How R.H. Sheppard used 3P to discover a new way to manufacture. In 2012, R.H. Sheppard, a manufacturer of power steering systems and related engineered products, faced a key business decision on capital investment for one of its parts manufacturing lines that needed updating…

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#5 White Paper Leaning the Quality Control Laboratory

Pharmaceutical manufacturers continue to operate in an increasingly competitive environment, contending with issues that run the gamut from lost revenue from expired, patents, ballooning costs for new drug research and development, changes required by new regulations and other compliance mandates and...

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#4 White Paper Kaikaku: Moving Beyond Kaizen

Andy Meyerhofer, plant manager at CertainTeed, was not sold on the 3P process when it was first proposed as the right approach to tackle a major project. In fact, he tried to sidestep it.

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#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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#2 White Paper Developing Lean Talent

A recent study by executive search firm The Avery Point Group revealed that demand for continuous improvement (CI) talent is strong post-recession; it has more than doubled since 2010 and is up over last year. Of particular interest to the lean community, this eighth annual study also showed that the need for lean-centered skill-sets is accelerating, surpassing that for six-sigma-centered expertise.

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#1 White Paper Lean Leadership

Pragmatic Steps for Leading Lean: In recent conversations with manufacturing and service industry leaders, lean managers discussed problems they face as they work to advance operational excellence in their organizations. The sticky issues will likely come as no surprise; they include ones most of us are already aware of and have encountered for years...

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