Lean Frontiers: Are they differences in getting middle management on board from getting executive management support?
Are there differences in getting middle management from executive management on board for 1) developing the lean enterprise and 2) direct engagement on their part? What are the differences, if any?
Posted on May 9, 2015
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David Meier

David Meier: Respect doesn’t mean that pamper or coddle people. Attitudes issues are adressed one on one

By David Meier, - Last updated: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Sheesh I am not sure where we got the idea that respect for people means we all stand around and sing Kumbaya! It certainly does not mean that you are unable to address performance issues! Here are a few statements from Toyota about respect- -"We respect people by challenging them." (giving people legitimate challenges to improve and use their thinking and ability to make the process better). People like challenges, but they also like to succeed and the reward of success is sweet. -"Respect does not mean that we pamper or coddle people. Living the Toyota way of life is difficult." (paraphrase ...

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David Meier: Do Lean with people rather than to people

By David Meier, - Last updated: Sunday, July 6, 2014
This sounds like a classic case of doing lean "to" people rather than with people. But let's go back to the original question- the fact of the matter is that the challenges of getting lean grow as you proceed. People think that if you get lean life is supposed to be easy. The opposite is true. Use the famous "low hanging fruit" analogy. After the "low fruit" (easy stuff) is picked what is left? The difficult challenges. The low hanging fruit were items that were in place to compensate for the underlying issues. Take them out and the issues emerge ...

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David Meier: Hoshin Kanri is Direction Management

By David Meier, - Last updated: Saturday, April 27, 2013
I am sure someone else will mention that Hoshin Kanri is more specifically translated as “Direction Management.” Within any language there are words that describe conceptual aspects in a culture and are not directly translatable because the other language does not have the same exact thing. Hoshin is one such concept. It is a process and it is intended to get a group of people aligned around specific targets. It is SIMILAR to Policy Deployment or Management by Objectives so sometimes that is what it is referred to, but there are significant differences in HOW Hoshin is applied. I don't ...

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David Meier: Good units produced (total parts – scrap) / (Available work hours – wait Kanban) = GPPH (good parts per hour)

By David Meier, - Last updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The first point I want to make is that any measure has flaws and will not completely reflect reality. They should be considered indicators and in some way all refer to some sort of “standard” or desired condition. This is the basis for problem identification, which is the main purpose. Any measure is a “snapshot” of conditions during a specific time period and reflects many variables that are occurring. Some measures such as productivity are based on assumptions such as standard hours. The notion of standard hours is flawed in many ways that I won’t get into, but this measure can ...

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