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5 Business Book Recommendations for Your Summer Reading

5 Business Book Recommendations for Your Summer Reading

07.03.2014

by Mendy Fedotowsky

It's always great to go away for vacation to relax and rejuvenate.  If you are looking for some interesting books to take along, we've put together a list of five books to get you started.  Some are classics, updated classics and fresh new reads.  All the books we've selected are not only informative and useful for business, but recreationally enjoyable.

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What one hungry employee did to change his workplace and his future.

Center for Competitive Change

06.26.2014

Instead of asking for a raise, Matthew Geis of Millat Industries decided to increase his value to the organization by investing his own money in skill expansion. Using his engineering skills, he broke down the process, did the research and created a plan.  Millat is committed to continuous improvement and empowerment of associates.  Because they were already doing Lean Six Sigma, he decided that with the right skills, he could add value and generate savings for the company.  The end result, of course, would hopefully be a salary bump. More

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7 Ways to Screw up a Lean Six Sigma Initiative

C4CC Blog

06.23.2014

For the past 20 years, our consultants have helped hundreds of companies implement a Lean Six Sigma Initiative.  I recently spoke with Mike Fedotowsky, our lead consultant and asked him what some of the biggest barriers were to success. He was able to readily create the following list.  Additionally, he provided solutions he has used to overcome these problems...read more.

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Are you doing better or are you just less worse?

Center for Competitive Change Blog

06.18.2014

By Anthony Mangione, Change Agent and Coach

If you are under six feet of water and you swim up three feet, are you 50% better or less worse? Or does it even matter, since life depends not on increasing your distance from the bottom, but by breaking through the surface? If you meet your target of reducing lead time by 50%, from four weeks to two weeks, are you better, or just less worse? What if your customer expectation is a one week lead time?...Read More

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Why We Love Team Member Involvement (And You Should, Too!)

Center for Competitive Change Blog

06.17.2014

By Michael Hoseus, Co-Author, Toyota Culture

Most organizations view lean as a program to eliminate waste and cut costs. Operations are “leaned out” and the assumption is that if well-trained experts properly implement the tools, the efficiency gains will be self-sustaining.  In the traditional “Lean Implementation,” Leadership delegates Lean to a set of champions or “belts” and then asks them to report results. Leadership goes about business as usual and the champions are out cutting costs through implementing lean tools.  The problem is that these tools are often used to promote a personal agenda.  Meanwhile, the subsequent improvements do not last because they didn’t include the people doing the work....  Read More

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