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A Webinar on Thursday, #PracticingLean Summary & #Kaizen Thoughts

This post will point you to a few things you might be interested in: a free webinar this Thursday, some thoughts on Kaizen and "low-hanging fruit," and a summary of the book Practicing Lean. Continue reading A Webinar on Thursday, #PracticingLean Summary & #Kaizen Thoughts at Lean Blog.

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of Feb 13: Crying Jordan, Watered Down Huddle Boards

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. You can follow me @MarkGraban... Continue reading Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of Feb 13: Crying Jordan, Watered Down Huddle Boards at Lean Blog.

Confirmation of Scott Pruitt Will Bring Balance to the EPA

Washington, D.C., February 17, 2017 – National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement congratulating Scott Pruitt on his confirmation as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

“The Rock” Says Getting Lean is Something Anybody Can Do… If You Work At It

Today’s Post in Not too long ago, I had a lot of time to kill during an international flight. I watched the comedy “Central Intelligence” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart. Continue reading “The Rock” Says Getting Lean is Something Anybody Can Do… If You Work At It at Lean Blog.

Philly Fed: Manufacturing Activity Accelerated in February at Strongest Rate since November 1983

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said that manufacturing activity expanded in February at its strongest rate since November 1983. The composite index of general business activity rose from 23.6...

Housing Starts Ease a Bit in January but Remain Mostly Encouraging

The Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said that new housing starts declined 2.6 percent in January, pulling back a bit after rebounding by 11.3...

Protect Maryland’s Innovators, Reject “Transparency” Legislation

From automobile and steel production to print and publishing services, Maryland manufacturers and other research-based companies today serve as global innovators. Manufacturers in particular account for more than three quarters...

From Kaizen Live! 2016: Gemba Walk Dos and Don’ts for Leaders

Mishelle McMillin, from Franciscan St. Francis Health, shares “dos and don’ts” for leaders going out to the “gemba” (the workplace). What is “the riddler” and why should you avoid being one in your efforts to create a culture of continuous improvement? Continue reading From Kaizen Live! 2016: Gemba Walk Dos and Don’ts for Leaders at Lean Blog.

Consumer Prices Increased 2.5% Year-Over-Year in January, the Highest since March 2012

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that consumer prices rose 0.6 percent in January, its fastest month pace in more than four years. It was also the sixth straight monthly...

Retail Sales Have Grown Sharply Over the Past Year

The Census Bureau said that retail sales rose 0.4 percent in January, extending the 1.0 percent gain seen in December. It was the fifth consecutive monthly increase in retail spending,...

Manufacturing Production Expanded for the Fourth Consecutive Month

The Federal Reserve said that manufacturing production expanded for the fourth consecutive month. (To be fair, November’s increase was essentially stagnant, up 0.03 percent.) Output in the sector was up...

New York Fed: Manufacturing Activity Expanded at Fastest Pace since September 2014

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey said that manufacturing activity expanded at the fastest pace since September 2014, rising for the fourth straight month in February. The composite index of general...

Visuals vs. Visual Management, Revisited with More Examples

Are "visuals" and "visual management" the same thing? Are "visuals" always Lean, necessarily? In this post, I talk about the differences using an example from a hospital and my car's dashboard. Continue reading Visuals vs. Visual Management, Revisited with More Examples at Lean Blog.

Nurture the soul of your business- With BatchMaster Finance

The success of any organization lies in efficient Finance Management, which mostly is handled either through spreadsheets or stand alone finance software. Result: Problems produced by • Inaccurate or Incomplete paperwork • Partial, untimely...Show More Summary

NFIB: Small Business Owners Remained Very Upbeat in January

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) said that sentiment among small business owners remained at a 12-year high in January. The Small Business Optimism Index edged up from 105.8...

Producer Prices Jumped Significantly in January, Boosted by Higher Energy Costs

Producer prices jumped 0.6 percent in January, its fastest monthly pace of growth since September 2012. For manufacturers, producer prices for final demand goods accelerated in the latest report, up...

Registration is Open! “Kaizen Live!” at Franciscan St. Francis Health, May 24-25

Registration is now open for our “Kaizen Live!” event, where you can visit Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis to see what a “culture of continuous improvement” is like in a way that will help you in creating the same for your organization. Continue reading Registration is Open! “Kaizen Live!” at Franciscan St. Francis Health, May 24-25 at Lean Blog.

NAM Key Votes Congressional Resolution of Disapproval on Methane Rule

NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse issued the following Key Vote Letter in support of H. J. Res. 36, providing for congressional disapproval of the rule...

The NAM builds bipartisan approach to advance infrastructure

We all agree that America’s infrastructure must be updated and brought into the 21st century. The NAM has been leading efforts to build consensus on how to fund, build, and...

Join Us For Another “Ask Us Anything” Broadcast on Tuesday

Dr. Greg Jacobson and I have been co-hosting a live video broadcast called “Ask Us Anything” for a while. We take questions that have been submitted by our KaiNexus community and spend about 30 minutes answering them and discussing. You...Show More Summary

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