Perspectives and Reflection in Hard Times
I stumbled upon something I wrote 18 years ago, and I thought it was relevant for current times. I wrote it on behalf of an equipment manufacturer who was marketing to manufacturing companies. Manufacturing, in particular, was in deep recession and times were tough. Today, some of your lives areRead More
Ford shows a new reflective side, but how far will they take it?
Ford has come an incredibly long way in time since Bill Ford Jr. courageously stepped aside to bring in lean thinker Alan Mulally. Lately, they’ve been hampered by the embarrassing problems in relaunching the Lincoln brand through the MKZ. But, in the face of these problems, they are doing theirRead More
The vital importance of integrity
I recently wrote this post on integrity, extolling the importance of maintaining integrity. The fundamental premise of the argument is that lost integrity is unrecoverable. In the many conversations that this statement has generated, both online and offline, many of the examples of lost integrity being regained were essentially casesRead More
Lean Strategy: The Role of Reflection
[viddler id-98d12765 h-370 w-437] In our continuing Strategy Friday video series on Lean Strategy, I explore how reflection as part of Â lean thinking can also be an integral part in building or planning your business strategy, as well as adjusting as you move along.. Show Notes and Approximate Time WhatRead More
What Mother's Day Teaches Us about Organizational Transformation
First off, yes, I know Mother’s Day was a week ago. I didn’t miss it. What is Mother’s Day? It’s the celebration of something: 1. … completely vital, critical, essential, and, 2. … mostly taken for granted. We do that a lot in our organizations. It’s not a problem toRead More
"I lead through fear, intimidation, and public humiliation"
Have you ever heard a leader say, out loud, “I lead through fear, intimidation, and public humiliation”? I doubt it. Have you ever seen a leader try to lead in this way? I would guess you probably have. I think most of the people who are leading through such meansRead More
Reflect, Don't Dwell
Most organizations don’t spend time in reflection. It seems wasteful. But it’s vitally important in an organization trying to make progress. Without learning, courses aren’t corrected and lessons aren’t internalized. A favorite quote of mine by Soren Kierkegaard speaks to this point: â€œLife can only be understood backwards, but itRead More