GARY KAPANOWSKI: Four efficient steps toward a positive culture

Implementing culture change anywhere is a difficult and time-consuming task.  At organizations, this process is most difficult due to the nature of the change is at a work environment where individual goals are not the same as the organization’s goals.  This doesn’t have to be the case though. This article from the University of Michigan’s […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Say Nice Things About Your Colleagues This Week. You Won’t Regret It

It doesn’t cost anything to be nice.  It’s a great saying and true.  A study by the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Center for Positive Organizations provides a guideline to assist everyone in improving tram moral.  Remember shallow comments don’t add value.  Affirmations that are meaningful and effective include the following: Create a […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Flint water crisis, same as it ever was

The updated news coming from the Flint water issue is alarming.  Government officials note the water quality is improving but not in the clear.  At the same time of this announcement, job postings for lead abatement jobs were issued by the government.  This is the denial – acceptance two step in action. Some questions that […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Body-language can instantly boost your confidence

In a new study, a Harvard business school professor argues that power-posing can be more effective than traditional confidence-boosting exercises, like telling yourself how great you are.  This pose is open, take up a lot of space by holding your arms and legs away from your body, i.e. the “Wonder Woman” pose.  This suggests that […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Psychologist explains the key to spotting a liar

According to one expert, there is no one sign that can tell you if someone is lying.  The best approach is to review all aspects of communication, such as facial expressions, posture, and speech.  Since lying is challenging work for someone to suppress all aspects of lying, one or more of these actionable areas will […]

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: 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: 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: Histograms and Collected Data Sets

In any Lean Six Sigma or general analysis, once data is collected the first thing any practitioner will do is to histogram the data:  I like to say “Histogram-it”.  This is statistics 101.  Everyone does it. The reason is simple; the charting of the data will reveal detail in a picture format that human minds […]