GARY KAPANOWSKI: Lean Leadership and the 9th Principle

Leadership is one of the aspects of business that has different meanings and utilization for everyone.  It is hard to describe and relate to without common experiences.  The focus of lean, doing processes better, cheaper, easier, faster, and safer for the customer, allows for a direction and commonality for everyone to relate.  The question becomes […]

Gary Kapanowski: Robert Reich on the election

Over the past several years, I’ve debated Robert Reich on his editorials in several newspapers and journals mainly on his facts leading to often misleading conclusions.  I want to applaud him in this case that I think he is on target with two of his points directly.  By using fact and Gemba, he has reached […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Lessons for first female president watching election

Rochelle Riley’s article is a nice first step to understanding how the presidential vote was casts, especially in Michigan.  Using our “lean” eyes, several interesting why should appear after reading the article. Why did women not vote as a block to support her presidency? Were their different segments of the population not treated as a […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: The disturbing link between voter ID and Jim Crow

Nice article and argument on voter id laws. What was missing was the full landscape of how politics effect voting outcomes.  Nothing was mentioned on electoral college, redistricting of voting areas to benefit political parties, rural versus urban to name a few.  All of these areas have ways to diminish the impact of one sector […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Think high and you can attain full potential

This is a great article on striving for your best in everything you do. This is something we all do at times and want to do all the time.  The article provides a great way of doing this every day.  Highly Recommended. Steps for Full Potential: Forcibly get things done Accept personal responsibility for outcomes […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: The Power of Information

This is a great article discussing the age of real time information.  There has never been a time where people have access to real information in real time.  It is hard to hide macro event details.  Read this quick article to see if you agree with me that this is just our detection of the […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Continuous Improvement Project Log

When a team completes a continuous improvement project, everyone feels a sense of pride and joy in doing good work for other team members and the organization.  As the Lean journey continues, the question becomes how do we learn from our mistakes to become better and faster?  The best way to do this is though […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Emoji not a Midwest thing?

Midwest employees frown on emoji trend, survey says Communication is always an interesting study and business communications can be ever more so.  In a recent study, Michigan emojis usage in business communications was far below the national average.  Some examples include the Michigan respondents viewed emoji use as a negative 47% compared to the national […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: LEAN FUNDAMENTALS FOR ACCOUNTANTS

GARY KAPANOWSKI: LEAN FUNDAMENTALS FOR ACCOUNTANTS Executive Summary: The goal for this article is to provide accountants with the proper fundamentals of Lean and practical uses for the Lean tools in the office.  This article will also provide the reader with quick implementation of Lean tools and techniques to validate the benefits of Lean. Introduction […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Bernanke explains that individuals were responsible for wrongdoing and not the firms in the financial crisis

This is a great insight on the post financial crisis aftermath. After everyone blamed the ones that fixed the problem and offered advice to provide counter measures to prevent the issue from reoccurring, we find out that many involved did not bear their responsibility as promised.  It seems this was something that was discussed to […]