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Lessons from my Lean Lifestyle Challenge

In the newsletter I wrote for Lean Institute Africa in 2015 I reflected on the growth in my understanding of lean as a result of attending the Lean Global Network meeting that year. I interviewed some of the delegates at this meeting and asked what they understood lean to be. My conversation with Joe Lee […]

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Constancy of Purpose in Turbulent Times

Executing your 2018 Plan with Confidence, Consistency and Cadence We are so close to the end of the year and many of us are already dreaming up all the ways in which we will spend our much-awaited holiday time. Whether for work or personal reasons, this is a great time to reflect on the year and look at what worked (and what did […]

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What did you learn in Japan?

What did you learn in Japan?’ you may ask me, following my week there with the Lean Global Network (LGN) tenth anniversary ‘return-to-the-source (Toyota)’ trip in September. “How much time have you got? I might reply. There was a lot! Here are just some snippets. TNGA – Toyota New Global Architecture – was a topic for […]

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The “Hard-Core Toyota Guys”

The lean transformation journey is the road less travelled. This is partly because it is not the easiest journey to undertake, but also because so many organisations lose their way, some even at the outset of their journey. There are however some organisations that get it right. In this newsletter I would like to share […]

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Demanding patience

What is your boss like? Is he or she demanding or easy-going? Does s/he listen well or is mostly ‘deaf’ to you? Is s/he wise or immature, open-minded or prejudiced, creative or unimaginative? These pairs of characteristics are just five of the sixteen pairs I used in a research study at the Toyota manufacturing plant […]

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Lean leading improvements in Gauteng Department of Health Hospitals

Lean Institute Africa Chairman, Norman Faull, visited Gauteng Health hospitals Charlotte Maxeke (CMJAH) and Leratong last week. He had this to say about his time there: “It was an absorbing and inspirational few hours at each of these hospitals which are adopting lean principles in their striving to improve the care they offer. The improvement […]

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The games we play – June 2017 Newsletter

What games do you play? (I don’t mean chess or tiddlywinks, but games in support of your organisation’s lean journey.) I would love to hear from you about the games you have tried, those that you outgrew, those that you still use, etc. Also, what do you expect the games to contribute to the learning […]

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Job advertisement – Operations Manager

The Lean Institute Africa (LIA) is experiencing increasing demand for its services to lean practitioners in Southern Africa and needs a person in the Cape Town office to support its business development. LIA is a not-for-profit company based at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. As a small growing organisation LIA needs […]

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Do you talk to Siri? – April 2017 Newsletter

I read somewhere recently that in the future there will be only two kinds of jobs: you will either give instructions to robots, or take instructions from robots.   It strikes me that if you exchange the word ‘robot’ for ‘artificial intelligence’ it becomes an even more challenging statement. Then again, aren’t we already both giving […]

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