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The 14 Reasons Six Sigma & Lean Don’t Work Well in Most Companies

As both a CEO and later as a consultant and trainer, I studied Deming, Juran and Senge in improving my business and honing my system-based problem solving and leadership skills. Before I go further, let me be clear that the teachings and principles underlying the work of these giants in the quality, management and leadership arenas …

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The Curse of Being a Six Sigma and Lean Black Belt – Why We Can’t Make This Stuff Work Well in Most Companies.

Originally I was a Deming guy. I implemented Deming’s work in my own company and became an expert in the Deming management method. Notice I didn’t say I became an expert in the Deming quality or productivity program. Still, even though I owned the company and was 100% committed to this systems-based management method, getting …

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It’s About Time – The Power of Systems-Based Time Management

Time management has long been a topic of busy people, including leaders and managers. In particular, most want to know how to get more done while working on the most important issues. Often efforts to manage time fall short and we find ourselves falling back into old patterns with less than optimal results. It’s time …

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The Elephant in the Operating Room – Why Healthcare Can’t Change

It is a well-documented fact that in healthcare approximately 94 percent of the results produced, both good and not so good, is a function of the systems in which people work, not individual’s efforts. How many leaders and managers in healthcare know this and, more importantly, are systems thinkers who are skilled in optimizing systems …

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