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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Greenbelt Spring Class doing Lean Office

This week, the Greenbelts from our Operation Spring program will conclude their training and we expect them all to graduate with flying colors on Friday. They are currently undergoing a Lean Office Kaizen at Freybe Gourmet Foods, a 165 year old company now based in Langley, where they are working hard on improving four key transactional processes.

Inspiring Speech to the Graduating Class of Harvard

An interesting article from Harvard News about speech by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.....

Source: Harvard News

In her Commencement speech to graduating Harvard class, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says her Harvard graduate studies put her on the path to the success. She urged degree recipients to be fearless and to embrace their failures as they forge their paths in life.

“If your dreams do not scare you, they’re not big enough,” President Sirleaf said. “The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. … If you start off with a small dream, you may not have much left when it is fulfilled because, along the way, life will … make demands on you.”

The rest of the inspiring speech can be seen at Harvard site:

Monday, May 30, 2011

Photo of the day

Cleveland Dam, North Vancouver

Creativity and dreaming big?

Take a look at this video.... this person built something amazing I won't give away the ending!

Thank you Mike!

We had a very busy week with Mike Hoseus in our executive program, starting with Vancouver, then moving onto Calgary and finishing off in Winnipeg.

A Big Thank you to Mike for sharing his wisdom and insights with us all. We were inspired and challenged by Mike to do more in our lean lives.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Photo of the day

Porsche Museum, Germany

Friday, May 27, 2011

Mike Hoseus on Hoshin Kanri

Yesterday, Mike was in Calgary with LSI to talk about lean leadership and transformation, including such topics as hoshin kanri and standardization.

Here's a short clip on how Mike explains Hoshin and the difference between achieving results and achieving process excellence:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mike Hoseus on Standardization

It's almost impossible to outline everything Mike has talked about throughout the last two days, but one of the more interesting themes was around standardization.

Mike talked about the importance of standardization, as you can see from this short video from today:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mike Hoseus Day One

"I was inspired"

"Stimulating Session!"

"I learned so much already"

These were some of the comments from people who attended our Executive Program with Mike Hoseus.  Although today was only day one of a two-day program, people took away many ideas.  Mike will continue tomorrow with further insights about leadership and transformation.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mik Hoseus Executive Program Launch

Tomorrow, Lean Sensei is hosting a truly special two-day Executive session in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada with one of the top co-authors of Toyota Way books:  Mike Hoseus.

To be held this Tuesday and Wednesday, this LSI Executive Certification program is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of Toyota Way and Transformation Strategy.
Key themes:
    * Leadership
    * Culture
    * Transformation
    * Principles
    * Sustainability

After Vancouver, Mike will travel to Calgary for one day event on May 26th, then onto Winnipeg for an event on May 27th.  We will have a busy week with Mike!

Please stay tuned as we will bring up-to-date information about the program real time throughout the Vancouver session.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Funniest Shots from Europe

Here are some of funnier photos taken during the Europe Lean program.  The "space-suit" look-a-like photos taken at BMW musueum was hilarious.  We were actually just listening to the sound of the engines using the supplied headsets (hanging from the ceiling).

Best Photos from Europe Lean Tour

Here are some of the best photos from our recent Europe Lean Tour.  We had a blast visiting several companies and meeting some exciting people who made history.  We look forward to taking another group of people in 2012.  Thank you to all who participated or assisted in some way at this event.

The entire album can be found here:

Europe Lean Tour May 2011