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Real GDP Growth in the Fourth Quarter Increased to 2.1%

The Bureau of Economic Analysis said that the U.S. economy grew 2.1 percent at the annual rate in the fourth quarter, up from earlier estimates of 1.9 percent. The upward...

What Reduced this E.D.’s Waiting Times? Sexy Technology or Process Change?

This article in The Wall Street Journal caught my eye the other day: Can Tech Speed Up Emergency Room Care? A New York hospital system tests a new way to use telemedicine, where E.R. doctors examine patients without being in the same room At first I thought, “Oh, this is a rural E.D. Show More Summary

Global Digital Trade Barriers Undermine Strong Manufacturing, Jobs in the United States

Manufacturers thrive on technological change, integrating new and disruptive technologies in products and operations ranging from smart factories to autonomous vehicles, from Internet of Things platforms to biometrics. They know...

… But I Do Have Time for Fire Fighting

This recent tweet of mine struck a nerve, apparently, based on the number of times it was liked and retweeted -- "Heard often: "We don't have time for improvement." Heard never: "We don't have time for fire fighting." Continue reading … But I Do Have Time for Fire Fighting at Lean Blog.

Dr. Deming on Why Improvement Stalls Out, Today’s Hospital Patient Safety Parallels

Can leaders get some improvement just by asking for it? Does improvement stall out if we don't have a method for doing so? What can "process behavior" charts show us in our work today? Continue reading Dr. Deming on Why Improvement Stalls Out, Today’s Hospital Patient Safety Parallels at Lean Blog.

Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Growth at Fastest Rate in Nearly Seven Years

The Richmond Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity in its district expanded at its fastest rate since April 2010. The composite index of general business activity increased from 17...

Conference Board: Consumer Confidence at Highest Level since December 2000

The Conference Board said that consumer confidence rose again, with sentiment now at its highest level since December 2000. The Consumer Confidence Index increased from 116.1 in February to 125.6...

A Path Forward on Tax Reform for All Manufacturers

It’s no secret to Washington policy makers, our members, the media and, indeed, the general public that the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has been leading the charge for pro-growth,...

Power of Small Profile: Getting to Know Mesa Industries

The face of modern manufacturing continues to change in America, whether it is with General Motors elevating Mary Barra to chairman and CEO or Alicia Boler Davis to executive vice...

EPA Hears Manufacturers’ Concerns and Delays Risk Management Program Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Risk Management Program (RMP) rule, published on January 13, 2017, revised an existing rule designed to reduce chemical hazards and related accidental releases. The...

Dallas Fed: Manufacturing Sentiment Expanded for the Sixth Straight Month in Texas

The Dallas Federal Reserve Bank reported that manufacturing activity expanded in March for the sixth straight month, even as it pulled back somewhat from its fastest rate since April 2006....

Sad Bloomberg BusinessWeek Article on Auto Supplier Safety, Thoughts for Healthcare

A few of you sent me this article... and you were correct to think I would be interested: "Inside Alabama's Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs." What are the parallels and lessons for hospitals? Continue reading Sad Bloomberg BusinessWeek Article on Auto Supplier Safety, Thoughts for Healthcare at Lean Blog.

Protecting Manufacturers Proprietary Information is Key to Manufacturers

Over the course of the previous year and into 2017, there have been efforts underway in several states to require some manufacturers to turn over and reveal highly sensitive operational...

NAM Urges SEC to Suspend Pay Ratio Rule

In response to a February 6th statement and request for comment made by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Acting Chairman, Michael Piwowar as he reexamines the pay ratio rule,...

Free Webinar Next Tuesday: How to Coach for Creativity & Service Excellence

I'm happy to be playing the role of host for a free webinar being held next Tuesday, March 28... presented by Karyn Ross, co-author of the Shingo Award-winning book The Toyota Way to Service Excellence. Her webinar is titled: "How to...Show More Summary

Markit: Eurozone Manufacturing Activity Rose in March at Fastest Rate since April 2011

The Markit Flash Eurozone Manufacturing PMI rose from 55.4 in February to 56.2 in March, its fastest rate since April 2011. As such, the continent’s economy continues to move in...

New Durable Goods Orders Expanded for the Second Straight Month, Continuing to Show Progress

The Census Bureau said that new durable goods orders expanded for the second straight month, up 1.7 percent in February after rising by 2.3 percent in January. New orders increased...

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of March 20: #Lean, ROI, Shopping Belt

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a (usually) weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other interesting stuff. I was in Belgium all week for the Lean Healthcare Transformation...Show More Summary

Senate Moves to Reign In Regulatory Overreach on Innovators

Late last year the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), under the guise of protecting privacy, rolled out a rule creating a new and unnecessary regulatory regime that would impact the ability...

Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing Activity Expanded in February at Fastest Rate since May 2011

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity expanded in March at its fastest rate since May 2011. The composite index of general business conditions rose from 14...

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