GBMP's President, and resident "Toast Dude", Bruce Hamilton's free webinars are streamed live on the second Tuesday of each month. Podcasts are available to view anytime on GBMP's video content website Leanflix. Bruce Hamilton is considered by many to be one of the foremost thought leaders on Lean and The Toyota Production System in the United States today. Why not set aside 40 minutes today to watch one of our favorites (there are more than 50!) about how to make sure your Lean training program "grounds Lean learning…so students understand the philosophies...aka the “the Know Why”...right alongside “the Know How". Too often the countermeasures and tools are attempted without a conceptual understanding or holistic context." In this webinar, Bruce shares the know how and why, for the integration of the tools and culture required for a successful Lean Transformation. Bruce's blog, OldLeanDude, focuses on management's understanding (and misunderstanding) of the Toyota Production System. Subscribe on the site to be notified when new posts are added.
5S is often the first real workplace effort in a Lean implementation ; as such it is especially vulnerable to tacit learning deficits. Managers behave as they always have and so do employees. Without heeding the sociological challenges to implementation, a 5S effort layered over conventional behaviors will produce a static, one-time improvement in which employees have just done what they were told to do. These efforts ultimately slide backwards. The reality is that neither the 5S process nor its outcomes are the issues. The challenge is with management to create an environment that generates interest and involvement in Lean, 5S and Kaizen, one that recognizes the perceived risk and vulnerability that workers feel when they are suddenly asked to behave in a way that has previously been discouraged. Below we've listed seven do’s and one don’t that will help to overcome this challenge.
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