PersonalKaizen.co has launched!

PersonalKaizen.co has launched!

The Lean East team has spent the last several months launching our new continuous improvement community - Personal Kaizen! After over 5-years of consistent monthly blogging on this website, our blog has moved to personalkaizen.co and we will only occasionally share featured stories on our Lean East website. The good news is that we will now be sending tips, lessons, and hacks several times per week - that means we will be sharing much more of our great content! Moving forward, the best way to interact with our team is to JOIN OUR NEW COMMUNITY and get continuous improvement tips…
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Small Giants

Small Giants

  People who learn principles from the leaders and companies profiled in Jim Collin’s book Good to Great sometimes wonder if the lessons from large, publicly owned companies translate to their small businesses. For example, it may be hard to “fire bullets, then cannonballs” when you only have a three-person team! Author Bo Burlingham wrote Small Giants: Companies That Choose to be Great Instead of Big as a study of smaller companies and their leaders. He interviewed many leaders from private businesses featured in his magazine over the years and shares what makes them different – and better than –…
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Introducing PersonalKaizen.co

Introducing PersonalKaizen.co

  As an organization, Lean East is committed to growth and continuous improvement within our community. In the last five years we have seen an increased interest in our blog posts, and in particular our content focused on continuous personal improvement. From this discovery, we are launching personalkaizen.co for professionals interested in individual continuous improvement. Our new Personal Kaizen community is based upon Lean East's extremely popular Personal Kaizen post about developing continuous improvement habits. We are honored and humbled to begin sharing more frequent tips, hacks, and improvement ideas with our worldwide community while continuing to provide the services…
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10 Rules for Life

10 Rules for Life

Lean East Founder Steve Musica shares his 10 Rules for Life in the hope that these rules will help you improve and maximize your life. The Lean East team has been helping develop high-performing organizations for the past 10 years. In this time, we have met with numerous leaders and teams and continually improved how we coach and lead process improvement projects. We have also attended numerous conferences and events and I have personally read hundreds of books on the topics of improvement and change. I have used this accumulated knowledge to develop some general rules for how to live…
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The Entrepreneurial Myth (E-Myth)

The Entrepreneurial Myth (E-Myth)

  The Entrepreneurial Myth (E-Myth) has had a profound cost in America – in lost resources, lost opportunities, and wasted lives. Most small business owners are not venture capital funded tech companies, despite what we hear about on the news. The majority of businesses get started because employees who are strong at their craft technically become frustrated and feel unappreciated by their employers. These carpenters, mechanics, programmers, cooks, barbers, doctors, plumbers, graphic designs, engineers, etc. get the “entrepreneurial itch” to ditch their worthless boss and call their own shots. Most of these new businesses fail within the first few years…
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Competing Against Luck

Competing Against Luck

Competing Against Luck is the 2016 story of innovation and customer choice by Clayton M. Christensen that introduces jobs theory. Do you know why your most recent customer purchased your product or service? Not the obvious reason, but the deeper reason behind the choice? For example, why do people buy milkshakes? Are you buying the milkshake to satisfy hunger? As a dessert treat? To cool you off on a hot day? To appease your kids for a few minutes of peace and quiet?   Competing Against Luck Clayton Christensen introduced the groundbreaking theory of disruptive innovation in his 1997 book…
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Continuous Flow

Continuous Flow

Every Lean expert will tell you that continuous flow of value is the goal of a Lean process. Batching work is the opposite of continuous flow, yet most people batch jobs because they feel it is more efficient. For example, if we are baking a cake we may as well bake a second cake while the recipe book is open, all the ingredients are out, and the oven is on. The time for baking two cakes in a batch will be only slightly more than baking a single cake. The average time per cake is, therefore, lower when batching -…
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Great by Choice

Great by Choice

Authors Jim Collins (Good to Great and Built to Last) and Morten Hansen compare another set of companies to learn what differentiates the great. This time the research focuses on the question: “Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and some do not?” The nine-year research project forms the basis of their 2011 book, Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All. This post summarizes four key choices made by leaders of the best companies (defined as companies that beat their industry indexes by at least 10X over 15 years) that challenge conventional wisdom.…
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Setting Objectives: Measure What Matters

Setting Objectives: Measure What Matters

Learn how to write SMART goals and the Objectives and Key Results (OKR) method of setting objectives from the book Measure What Matters. As we approach the end of the year, it is a great time to review best practices for setting new objectives.   This post will cover: how to write SMART goals, the Objectives and Key Results (OKR) method of management, tips from the book Measure What Matters, how OKRs and KPIs are related, and setting objectives for personal kaizen. We also have a special BONUS OFFER at the end of the post. Connect with us to learn…
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Theory of Constraints

Theory of Constraints

  This is a summary of the story and key lessons from the 1984 classic The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eli Goldratt that introduced the world to the Theory of Constraints. Goldratt has published multiple editions of the original book, and also adapted the TOC concept to project management theory with his book Critical Chain, published in 1997.   The Theory of Constraints (TOC) is an operations management method that views any system as being limited in achieving its goals by a small number of constraints. Every system has at least one constraint – TOC uses a focusing process to…
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