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Hoshin Planning: Your Most Common Questions Answered in Just Three Words

The hoshin planning process can be summarized with three “S” words: Structure, Stretch, and Sustainment.

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The Case for Developing Facilitators, Trainers and Consultants

By Perry Giles Does this conversation sound familiar? “You know, you are really good at what you do and you seem to be able to really get your coworkers up-to-speed nicely. We would like you to start teaching some of our classes on this topic?” “Um, okay. Sure, I enjoy teaching people new things. I […]

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7 Skills to Unlock Your Innovation Potential

At the Lean Methods Group, we believe anyone—and everyone—can be innovative. From our front office to our business development team to the consultants on the ground, there’s no room for anyone to say “I’m not creative.” Of course, we’re all big fans of Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Phil Samuel and his team. Because sometimes, while […]

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Q&A: Building Customer Intimacy

How to Drive Loyalty and Revenue Growth No matter what business you are in, listening to the customer is essential for success. Satisfied customers just aren’t enough; you need loyal customers—the lifeblood of your business. So what can you do to listen better and gain more loyal customers? Former Senior Client Partner Bob Norris sat down […]

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Are You Ready to Be a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt?

Master Black Belts are gurus of the process excellence world. They’re highly respected and sought-after resources who not only wield considerable knowledge of problem solving methodologies, but also coach and mentor other professional problem solvers. Master Black Belts take more of a strategic role in the organization both in selecting tactical projects needed to achieve […]

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7 FAQs About Lean Six Sigma eLearning

There’s no doubt that online learning has measurable, tangible benefits. According to eLearning Industry, companies that use eLearning have the potential to boost productivity by up to 50 percent. Online learning is efficient, cost-effective, environmentally friendly and popular—over 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies use some kind of technology for instruction. In the world of […]

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3 Biggest Misconceptions About Hoshin Planning

By William “Wes” Waldo Hoshin kanri is fast becoming an integral part of the strategic planning process at many organizations. From decades of refinement, this methodology has emerged as extremely effective in creating strategic alignment and galvanizing an organization toward achieving its vision. When taken in combination with other planning tools, such as the balanced […]

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What Is Lean?

Management guru Peter Drucker said, “There’s nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” Lean is an improvement and problem solving methodology that strives to reduce or eliminate activities that don’t add value to the customer. Lean is founded on two pillars: respect for people and continuous improvement. According […]

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