Developing Leaders – a Success Story

Developing Leaders – a Success Story

When I first fell in love with continuous improvement, my experiences touched me so deeply that I have never wanted to do anything else. Along the way, developing leaders who build relationships and work from the heart has become the most rewarding part of my work....

Developing Leaders – a Success Story

Purchase “Let Go to Lead” today for 99 cents!

We’re officially launched! Today’s the day you can purchase my new book, Let Go to Lead: Six Habits for Happier, More Independent Teams (With Less Stress and More Time for Yourself). It’s available for 99 cents one day only – December 1st. Help me reach best-seller...

Become the leader you’ve always wanted to be

Become the leader you’ve always wanted to be

On December 1st my new book, Let Go to Lead: Six Habits for Happier, More Independent Teams (With Less Stress and More Time for Yourself) hits the shelves. I couldn’t be more thrilled to get a copy in your hands because the lean community has known for years that...

Is your success possible or probable?

Is your success possible or probable?

Is what you’re doing going to get you the results you want? The other day, I was talking to a continuous improvement leader about my impression that they needed to do a few things differently. His response was, “Am I doing a bad job or are we doing it wrong?” That’s...

Leadership Requires Training…and Support

Leadership Requires Training…and Support

Recently, I read an article noting that a large number of people have considered quitting under new managers.  The topic brought home a number of experiences involving new leaders who are struggling to figure out how to work with people.  Essentially, what’s needed is...

The Power of Not Making People Wrong

The Power of Not Making People Wrong

While working with a group this week, one of the plant managers shared a story about something he was proud of as he’s grown his leadership skills. He really surprised himself by his ability to lead from the heart. It touched me, and I’d like to share it with you....

What’s the people part of a strategy?

Over the last few days, I’ve spoken about using a people strategy to support a business strategy in a few different conversations. The response — “How does that work?” — has surprised me. People I highly respect as bright, capable professionals are moving ahead with...

The Importance of Celebration in Organizations

The Importance of Celebration in Organizations

Celebrate Big Things. Celebrate Little Things. Celebrate Often.   In my last blog, I shared some of my recent experiences with groups mastering the aspects of problems related to people. Just as meaningful to me has been some recent experiences related to groups’...

The People Part of the Fishbone Diagram

The People Part of the Fishbone Diagram

Are you clear on how the people-related aspects of your organization’s problem-solving efforts operate? Over the last 30 years in my problem-solving experiences, groups have often struggled with the ‘people part’. For example, safety incidents almost always involve...

What is Each Level of Leadership Responsible For?

What is Each Level of Leadership Responsible For?

What do football and leadership have in common? Can’t guess the answer? They’re both prone to pile-ups. In football once there is a ball on the ground, the players all pile on — it always seems like a bit of overkill. Similarly, once there are problems in the...

Design Thinking for HR

Design Thinking for HR

Recently in my work, I was reintroduced to the use of Design Thinking methods as applied to People Strategies. Originally, I came across this work from the book Agile HR which included a focus on designing employee experiences, so I knew it would be just up my alley....