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: 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: 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 […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: China’s manufacturing index falls for 6th straight month

China’s official manufacturing purchasing managers index, a gauge of the nation’s factory activity, fell to 49.4 in January from 49.7 a month ago, adding to signs of continued sluggishness in the world’s second largest economy. China’s official manufacturing purchasing managers index, a gauge of the nation’s factory activity, fell to 49.4 in January from 49.7 […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Amazon thinks it can beat Black Friday with ‘Prime Day’

The new question for customers is will you change your buying behavior on July 15th for Amazon Prime Day?  This is the rival for ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’ along with other holiday shopping days.  As an outreach of Amazon’s 20th birthday, big discounts are available for subscribers to their ‘Prime’ membership.  Will this be […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: The real reason college is so expensive

This is a great article explaining the main reason for the rise in the cost of college tuition.  Using practical problem solving techniques and economic theory, the main reason is the expanded access to money by the federal government to pay for school.  For every dollar available to a student in subsidized federal aid, the […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: 5 lessons from the U.S. women’s World Cup win

In business, the closer we can be to the customer the better.  As a lean six sigma professional, this eliminates wastes (muda) and delights our customers by delivery services the customer is willing to pay.  The result from the US women’s world cup victory indicates some changes in the customer profile that was not expressed […]