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Why Lean needs to align Strategic Deployment to Middle Management

Transforming an organization using the concepts and thinking of Lean is a challenge and requires tremendous passion, commitment, proper knowledge and the ability to execute the vision and plan. Leadership usually understand all that but what they miss is how and who element that is going to lead the change and do the actual transforming. Continue reading

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APICS Toronto Selects Larry Cote as Keynote Speaker

Lean Advisors is pleased to announce that Larry Cote, President has been selected as the keynote speaker at the APICS Toronto Chapter AGM event on June 13 2012. Continue reading

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Year Two of the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative Reports Progress!

Saskatchewan is making progress on its plan to transform surgical care for patients.Year one of the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative laid the foundation while year two has shown astounding results including reduced wait times, enhanced safety, improved efficiencies and improved levels of quality care. Continue reading

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North Carolina Textile Mill Goes Lean

Like many others in U.S. manufacturing, the domestic textile industry has certainly faced their fair share of challenges. Amid manufacturing job losses and budget cuts, one bright experience sheds some light on improving competitiveness. Here, this textile success story is attributed to lean manufacturing. Continue reading

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Resolving Conflicting Pressures between Budget and Lean

Q. How do we resolve the conflicting pressures of budgets and Lean? Plus, how do we ensure that the pressures of cost savings dont drive the wrong behaviors?

Here are some of the consolidated thoughts and ideas that were shared by the participants of the Lean Executive Day workshop on Resolving Conflicting Pressures. Continue reading

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HR’s Role in Delivering Lean Six Sigma Success

As economic conditions cause organizations in many sectors to find ways to do more with less, a growing number are turning to an approach that is commonly called Lean Six Sigma. This strategy began in the industrial sector, and has since spread to many other areas, including healthcare, education, government services, hospitality, and financial services. Continue reading

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Steve Withers joins the Lean Advisors Team

Steve Withers has 30 years of process improvement experience using lean thinking, six sigma, process management, and change management skills. Steve was the Director of the Lean Sigma Centre at Canada Post, where lean thinking has contributed in excess of $200 M in savings. Continue reading

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Lean Finds a Home in Pharmaceuticals

The market environment for companies in the pharmaceutical industry is becoming increasingly challenging. It is becoming particularly important to adapt lean management principles to the special concerns of pharmaceuticals. As companies consider applying Lean in their industry, they face the challenge of determining how it will work in their environment… Continue reading

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Pathology Department at Grand River Hospital and St Marys General Hospital Increases Throughput, Cuts Costs using Lean

In healthcare today, having to do more with less goes with the territory. Volumes are increasing five to ten percent every year, regulatory and administrative burdens are becoming more restrictive, and wait times are rising. Continue reading

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The Importance of Lean Leadership Support

Leader Involvement When the leader gets intimately involved in changes in the office or on the shop floor it sends a clear signal that improvement is important to the organization.  This is particularly critical at the start of a lean … Continue reading

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