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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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Tanzanian Lean Healthcare conference – February 2017

In February 2017, our CEO, Anton Grütter represented LIA at the CCBRT healthcare group in Tanzania. CCBRT (Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania) is the largest indigenous provider of disability services in Tanzania. The short video below will give you a better idea of the conference as well as our role in it – along with Dr. […]

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Lessons from Lean Collaboration – January 2017 Newsletter

The mission of the Lean Institute Africa is “Building the community of lean practitioners through action research and knowledge sharing, to help organisations serve their customers better”. In pursuit of that mission I recently had the pleasure of facilitating the collaboration of two organisations to improve their respective lean management capabilities. These two organisations are […]

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