If you'd like to learn more about kata and TWI, then the Lean Frontiers Katacon5 and TWI Summits in Savannah in February are the place to be. Two conferences, back to back, same location! More information below.

In January we will be revising our monthly newsletter to streamline content while adding an article on a different topic each month. We hope this will add even more value to our subscribers!

New Videos
Lean Systems Summit

Gemba Academy Live!

Earlier this year we filmed the keynotes from the Lean Systems Summit, put on by the Continuous Improvement Lean Collaborative (CILC), and have just added them to our library of over 1500 videos.

Raye Wentworth - New Balance Shoes
Ray describes how the Toyota Production System concepts are used at the New Balance facility in Skowhegan, Maine.

Kevin Hancock - Hancock Lumber
Kevin discusses his leadership journey and insights on efficiency gains as means not for more hours to get more work done but in putting work back in its place.

New Gemba Talk Video: Time

Gemba Talk

We just released the third video in our Gemba Talk series, where we respond to questions from customers. The topic this time is... time.

We lean thinkers love talking about time… there’s cycle time, lead time, and, of course, everyone’s favorite - takt time. Sure it can get confusing, but by the end of this Gemba Talk you’ll be perfectly in step with all three of them.

Gemba Talk videos do not require registration.

New Podcasts
Ep 241:
How to Make Work More Human
Guest: Renée Smith
Renée discusses the humanity of lean and how it can be used to improve work environments.
Ep 240:
How to Leverage Lean Like Barry-Wehmiller
Guest: Brian Wellinghoff
Brian shares the details of Barry-Wehmiller’s lean journey.
Ep 239:
How to Determine Root Causes
Guest: Ron Pereira
Ron provides a brief update and discusses the powerful concept of “5 Why.”
Ep 238:
How to Change Your Culture
Guest: Emiel van Est
Emiel van Est explains the role of culture and the transformative power of Toyota Kata.
New Blog Posts
Three Ways to Slice the Social Loaf
by Jon Miller
Jon describes the concept of “social loafing” and how to counteract it.
Looking Forward with Alfred Adler
by Kevin Meyer
Kevin discusses Alfred Adler and the importance of looking forward.
AME 2018 Recap & KataCon5
by Ron Pereira
Ron reflects on AME San Diego and talks about the upcoming KataCon5 conference.
Disrupt Your Thinking
by Steve Kane
Steve stresses the transformative powers of attending conferences. .
Customer Success Corner

TWI Job Relations teaches us to tell people in advance of changes that will affect them. Organizations that practice continuous improvement experience frequent and rapid change. The sooner we communicate experiments and upcoming changes, the better prepared the organization will be. Simon Sinek's Golden Circle is a great model to communicate upcoming changes and inspire support.

Start by telling why the change is being made. Help people understand your purpose and cause of the change. Explain your beliefs about the need for change. Next tell people how the organization will go about the improvement. This will help them understand their contribution to the cause. Understanding why and how appeal to our decision making. These are what will help you gain support and conversely minimize resistance. Lastly, tell people what the change will be.

Ideally, in a lean organization, how and what are determined by the process owners. Those who are doing the work own the improvements. They are involved in how to go about change and have a say on what the product of the improvement will be.

Be sure to listen to our podcast episode, titled"The Courage to Lead," with Simon Sinek to learn more about the Golden Circle and Sinek's views on becoming the kind of leader people want to follow.

Steve Kane
Director of Customer Success
Upcoming events that you might be interested in.
KataCon and TWI Summit
February 18-21, Savannah, Georgia

Early next year Lean Frontiers will once again be presenting the KataCon and TWI Summits one right after the other so it's possible to attend both.

KataCon - February 18-19
KataCon is the annual gathering place for Toyota Kata enthusiasts across North America and around the globe. There is an interesting mix of short keynotes, hands-on breakout sessions, intensive deep dives, and mini-updates from a variety of practitioners, industries, and applications.

TWI Summit - February 20-21
Developing people in the lean enterprise starts here! A culture of coaching, standard work, and employee engagement are within reach through TWI’s (Training Within Industry) proven methodology. Research has shown the impact TWI played in the early formation of the Toyota Production System, and in part continues to this day.

Use discount code LF10 to save 10% on the registration for either or both events! More information.

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