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Piece of Mind

Would you do me a favour? Would you pause for a moment and consider this question?: What preoccupies you; what thoughts, concerns, hopes and fears drift about and ‘occupy’ your mind? Read more of our April 2018 newsletter  

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Day Zero and the Waste of Water

Cape Town, the city where the Lean Institute Africa is based, faces the very real probability that it will run out of water due to an unprecedented drought. “Day Zero”, the day when the taps will be turned off – because there will not be enough water supply in the dams – has become the hottest topic in town. Read more of our March 2018 […]

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Does Lean Make Cents?

Lean Management offers a truly exceptional approach to leading the organisation to places it’s never been before. With Purpose clarified, you: focus to the needs of the customer with earnest, bring them more value with less effort, grow seasoned problem-solvers who think customer first and tackle problems that matter, every day, in a scientific way. Purpose and […]

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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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