Business leaders' declining interest in Lean in recent years is a problem for the Lean movement and those who promote Lean management. How might this important problem be solved? Is there a quick and easy way to do it? A solution one can jump to? Business leaders are skilled creating canards and … [Read more...] about Who to Blame for Leaders’ Declining Interest in Lean?
"A real irony is that ‘respect for people’ requires that people feel the pain of critical feedback." — Akio Toyoda Yes, that's me; the Bad Boy of Lean, el chico malo de Lean. I am an irritant to some Lean movement leaders because I freely challenge their work. As a result, I have a bad … [Read more...] about The Bad Boy of Lean
From 2011 through 2013, I ran weekly web advertisements on Mark Graban's LeanBlog to promote my books (I paid Mark an annual fee for the service). About once a month I also posted an ad that parodied or satirized something about Lean that was prevalent at that time, or poked … [Read more...] about Lean Parody Advertisements
My father, Cesare Emiliani (Dott., Ph.D), was a long-time chair of the Geology department at the University of Miami in Coral Gables Florida. He was a creative, outgoing, and fun person who applied his gifts to how the department would graduate its students. It was a separate ceremony that took … [Read more...] about Creative Graduation Ceremony
Breathtaking Innovation Sure to be Used Throughout Public Higher Education! As you are no doubt well aware, I am internationally recognized for my many teaching innovations in higher education. Now, I can add one more teaching innovation to the already extensive list of "firsts" on my impressively … [Read more...] about Breathtaking Higher Education Innovation!
There remains a pressing need to overcome barriers among both administrators and faculty about the application of Lean management to higher education. Please consider sharing my work with your faculty colleagues and university leaders to help gain awareness of how Lean can significantly improve … [Read more...] about Share The Knowledge
Over the years I have collected students' excuses for missing class that were sent to me via e-mail. The excuses range from sad to funny to strange to bullshit. The excuses are presented as written, complete with spelling and grammar errors, and slightly edited for clarity or brevity. Click on the … [Read more...] about Students’ Excuses
Accreditation is supposed to result in graduates who can write and think well. Huh! Who knew? Finally, an article that explains what faculty and administrators have been missing all these years ("Pressure on Accreditation Is Cause for Concern, Speaker Warns," CHE, 7 January 2014, subscription … [Read more...] about How Could We Be So Stupid!
The Financial Times recently ran an story in the print edition titled: "UK students cut back on boozing as study costs help focus minds" (FT, 21 November 2013). It is part of an in-depth series on higher education in the UK. Public university tuition used to cost £1000 per year in the UK (it is … [Read more...] about Tuition Prices Too Low