Posts by Mike Baer

The 8 Wastes of Lean: Introduction

One of the people who taught me lean processes years ago defined lean as “the least way way to bring value to the customer.” Lean practitioners and would be/should be practitioners identify and eliminate waste; the Japanese word is “muda.” It’s that simple. According to lean teaching, there are 8 types of waste. They are…

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OK…Not OK

Culture is “the way we are” or “the way we live together.” It’s based on values, operating principles, and the hard to identify system of habits and customs. These govern our behavior. I’ve been trying to find a fresh way to look at this and, thanks to Brene Brown, I’ve begun to observe “OK—NOT OK.”…

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Going Virtual

COMMUNICATIONS 7—GOING VIRTUAL Back in the 1970’s (before many of you were born!) Bell Telephone advertised long-distance as “the next best thing to being there.” Today, in the world of internet and unlimited cellular connection we don’t even think in terms of long distance calling; it’s just normal. Still, a phone call does beat hopping…

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Meeting Makers

COMMUNICATIONS 6—MEETING MAKERS Good meeting bring good results. Bad meetings are a total waste and at times a total reverse. So what makes a meeting good. The previous post outlined some helpful ideas that really work. We’ll finish rounding out that picture here. Assign Clear Roles A rugby scrum looks like total confusion but it’s…

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The Price of Ignorance

Before getting into the meat of this white paper, let me be clear in my use of the word, “ignorance.”  It is a lack of knowledge, a state in which we just don’t have the necessary facts, or information, to even know that there is a decision which can, and should be, made. The world…

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Faith and Risk – They Go Hand and Hand

We all consider Hebrews 11 as the “faith chapter”.  However, it is also the “risk chapter”.  By faith, Noah risked scorn, ridicule and his possessions in building the ark.  Unaware of where he was going, Abraham stepped out in faith and took the risk to live as a stranger in a foreign country. By faith,…

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Meeting Makers

COMMUNICATIONS 6—MEETING MAKERS Good meeting bring good results. Bad meetings are a total waste and at times a total reverse. So what makes a meeting good. The previous post outlined some helpful ideas that really work. We’ll finish rounding out that picture here. Assign Clear Roles A rugby scrum looks like total confusion but it’s…

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If You Have to Have a Meeting at Least Make it a Good One

OK. So you have to have a meeting. I get it. I’m no “meeting prude” and I certainly don’t think that ALL meetings are evil. Only most. But if you have to have one then make it matter. Don’t waste your time. Don’t waste your teammates’ time. Here are some commonly accepted but rarely practiced…

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Really? More Meetings?

In the last post, we clearly established that meetings can consume an enormous amount of time and produce very little if anything. It is my hope that you will join me in having a healthy disdain for most meetings. That being said, how can we make them work for us rather than against us. Here…

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Meeting Mania

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that meetings are one of the most useless and wasteful activities of business. Studies show that at the average manager spends about 40% of their time in meetings and that at least 50% of that time is totally wasted. That equates to roughly 1 day per week in which…

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