Here is an article that I think you will find interesting: "'Cuckoo managers’ are throwing out academy traditions" (Times Higher Education, 21 May 2015). The article correctly criticizes managerialism - what actually is better characterized as mismanagement of universities. However, it is … [Read more...] about Managerialism In The University
Archives for May 2015
If you were to ask me "What is the single most important Lean tool or method," my answer would immediately be "genba kaizen" - with the understanding that no employee loses their job as a result of kaizen; i.e. "Respect for People" is operational in this and in many other ways. Why? It is because … [Read more...] about The Most Important Thing
"Kaizen your political skills." That was the advice from a well-known Lean coach to a person who was succeeding with Lean but found himself having to fight against corporate leaders' demand that his division adopt corporate's ERP system and purchasing practices. Corporate leaders were unconvinced … [Read more...] about Kaizen Your Political Skills
My daughter is graduating from college in a few days, with high honors. She did it in 4 years! And, she has a full-time job that starts four days after graduation!! We were driving around the shoreline last weekend and talking about her college experience. She noted that important parts of her … [Read more...] about Graduation Day
In the previous blog post, I explained how confirmation bias was Lean's kiss of death. While it has been that way for more than three decades, it need not be that way forever. In that blog post, I said "[experienced Lean leaders] as well as independent voices such as professors who know Lean well … [Read more...] about Removing Confirmation Bias Against Lean
If you want Lean management to truly take hold in your college or university, you are going to have to get faculty involved. Experience has shown time and again that highly educated people doing work on the front lines push back hard on change. Faculty are united in pushing back on what they … [Read more...] about Need My Help?
In a previous blog post, I said that the flaws in Lean "are actually generated by an anti-symbiotic relationship between experienced leaders and progressive management." We have a bad relationship, and bad relationships call for a relationship counselor. For all our efforts, we have not made much … [Read more...] about Lean’s Kiss Of Death