My Favorite Leading Lean Columns
Many of you many know that I’ve been writing a monthly column for Assembly Magazine which you will find inside the back cover. The column, titled Leading Lean, is meant to explore issues and advice for those helping their organizations move forward on the lean journey. You can find all of my columns here.
I’ve really enjoyed writing the column. It forces me to articulate my thinking. It has improved my writing. It has introduced me to an audience that offers interest and engagement. I’ve been really happy to do it. Starting now, I’m going to half-time. I will be splitting the column spot with former Editor Don Hegland, and you can find his first installment here. I proposed backing off because I wanted to continue with the project but just couldn’t commit the time to keep it up. So in reviewing my past several years and contributions, I thought I would share my favorites. First, I am still amazed that the most widely read column was actually on the topic of 5S, titled 5S: Know Why First. That wasn’t my favorite, so here’s my top 7:
Don’t Just See: Observe! from August – learning to really observe remains a favorite coaching topic of mine.
The Little Engine that Could from December – Plan Do Check Act is the foundation of almost every lean thinker.
Question Everything! from March – don’t let yourself get stuck by not questioning.
Don’t Be the Victim from September – victim-mentality is perhaps the worst disease in an organization.
Grab the Thistle Boldly from February – solve the big, ugly problems, don’t hide them.
NIH from April – Not Invented Here, another organizational disease, and how to combat it
Solve the Right Problem from July – people solve all kinds of problems, but think before starting.
So there you have it. I look forward to many more. I ask you, the readers, what topics would you like me to cover in the future? I hopefully have many more columns to write. Share your comments below.