Monthly Archives: September 2010

My Turtle and My Hare

I have been blessed with two boys ages 13 and 16.  I often sit back and watch them and wonder how two totally different kids could have ever came from the same parents.  This week is Spirit Week for their … Continue reading

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Where Do Personal Beliefs and Work Fit Together?

If you are in supervision for any length of time you will find out that team members personal beliefs often impact the work place.  It doesn’t matter what belief you hold, it impacts your behavior and therefore impacts the team … Continue reading

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Just Because You Own A Tool Box Doesn’t Mean Your A Mechanic

I have had the opportunity to interview for several really good companies this past week.  There are two in particular that have really stood out to me.  The first one was a company that I have really admired from a … Continue reading

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Be Careful What You Ask For

First off, I want to do remind folks that this blog is as much a journal for reflection for me as anything else.  What I have found is that I have had so many incredible experiences working within lean manufacturing … Continue reading

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All We Need Is The Simple K.I.S.S.

Well, it’s September of 2010 and we are finally hearing positives in regards to manufacturing and the economy turning around.  This is great news especially here in Michigan where the unemployment continues to be a major issue.  As I watch … Continue reading

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Why Manufacturing Should Move Into West Michigan

I am absolutely lost at words today.  It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, in fact it is quite the opposite.  I just don’t know what I should say.  Back in June 2010, I went through the painful … Continue reading

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The Pencil Is Mightier Than The Puter!

This past week I had the opportunity to do a phone interview for a potential employer.  I have had several of them the last few weeks but this last one really stuck out in my mind.  First thing you need … Continue reading

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Where Do We Start? part 2

This is part 2 of a series of blogs discussing how lean manufacturing should be introduced into an organization.  Part 1 discussed whether one should try to do a company wide or departmental implementation. What are you trying to accomplish … Continue reading

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Where Do We Start?

I was having a conversation with a colleague this weekend about Lean Manufacturing and he asked the ultimate question.  “Where do we start the implementation of Lean?”  I started to speak and had to pause because it really is a … Continue reading

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A Man By Any Other Name…

Anyone who has worked on the shop floor has a million stories of the things that they have witnessed.  This is one of my favorite personal experiences.  I was working for a company that really did value its employees.  A … Continue reading

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