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Mike Wilson

Catchball

Catchball

Catchball may sound like a game of throwing and catching a ball, and in Japan it is a game just as that. However, catchball is also a common business practice used in lean businesses during the strategy deployment phase of Hoshin Kanri or simply Hoshin Planning. Needless to say, it does not include the use

5S Factory

5S Factory

When you think of a 5S factory, what comes to mind? Do you think simply about organization or does your mind paint a picture of a fully functional, well-ordered, and efficiently run work environment? If you are thinking the second option is correct, you are on the right track. When it comes to a factory

Lean: Is Forecasting Feasible?

Lean: Is Forecasting Feasible?

If you have ever worked in a business setting, you have probably heard people talk about forecasting. No, we are not talking about the weather, but instead the projected sales or amount of business transactions expected to help prepare a business for the future. Many businesses focus quite a bit in the area of forecasting,

Spring Clean your Business Processes

Spring Clean your Business Processes

Spring is here again!  Spring is usually a time for fresh starts, new ideas, and that inevitable spring cleaning. However, when many of us think about spring cleaning we automatically think about doing household chores such as sweeping out the garage and cleaning and reorganizing the house. We rarely think, “Oh, spring is here, it is

Empowering Employees for Success

Empowering Employees for Success

Do you take pride in the work you do? If so, that is excellent! However, if you are not putting a top notch effort in to your job, you are not alone. There seems to be some sort of disconnect between the efforts of a business owner compared to that of an employee.  Chances are if

Decision-Making: Is Quicker Always Better?

Decision-Making: Is Quicker Always Better?

Why does everyone always seem to be in a rush? Whether dropping kids off to school in the morning, trying to squeeze in a haircut during a lunch hour or tempted to open a new credit card just because a credit decision is promised within 60 seconds, people seem to always be rushing and often

Proper Signage and Label Techniques to Combat OHSA’s Top Ten Safety Violations

Proper Signage and Label Techniques to Combat OHSA’s Top Ten Safety Violations

Each year OSHA gathers all data regarding cited workplace violations and compiles it into a top ten violations list. Although the lists may reflect some similarities in violations year to year, there are still great gains being made towards enhancing workplace safety. Below we have outlined OSHA’s top ten violations of 2012 according to the

The Importance and Value of Mistake Proofing

The Importance and Value of Mistake Proofing

Have there been mistakes made in your business operations? The answer is obviously yes. Whether mistakes happen while an employee is stacking pallets on warehouse floor, or while working on an assembly line out in the factory, mistakes are simply a part of life. There will always be some sort of human error value when

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