Category Archives: Continuous improvement

Implementing Lean: Going Boldly Where No Company Has Gone Before?

Editor’s note: on occasion I take a question posed on a LinkedIn group discussion¬†and expand on the response I provided to the discussion. Since I am very much at odds with the big-program (read, big-budget) initiative approach so prevalent as … Continue reading

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So You’re a “Champion?”

One of the great highlights of my sports-fan watching occurred June 11, 2012. On that date, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils, 6-1 to claim their first Stanley Cup championship as an organization. For fans such as … Continue reading

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Leadership, Part 6: The Fourth of the 7 Cs: Cooperation

When most people talk about someone being an “excellent leader,” they are speaking of a Cooperative leader. Not that they necessarily put it in those terms, but the most effective leader is the one who, while being “one of us” … Continue reading

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Leadership, Part 5: The Third of the 7 Cs: Consensus Building

The third C on the path toward gaining a “followership” is Consensus Building. This may be the first “honest” step in the leadership progression, because it does not open the way for persons to be manipulated, as Crises and Compelling … Continue reading

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Leadership, Part 4: The Second of the 7 Cs: Compelling Vision

The second of the seven Cs is similar to the first (Crisis), in that much depends on the follower believing the leader’s assessment of a situation. But of course it differs in that the air of urgency born of a … Continue reading

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Leadership, Part 3: The First of the 7 Cs: CRISIS

We have in the last part discussed the leadership opportunity created by a Crisis. If someone fears for their survival, their livelihood, or any other facet of their future, they are more apt to seek out a leader that can … Continue reading

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Leadership: A Structured Analysis in 7 Cs–Part 2

Think back twelve years to Sept. 10, 2001. As I was pondering the traits of effective leaders, this date was just slightly over two years earlier. For those of you living in the United States, the world was completely different … Continue reading

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