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Tag: Autonomy

Safety

September 27, 2017 0 Comments
Safety

Playing it Safe According to Bill Taylor, founding editor of FastCompany magazine, playing it safe may be the riskiest path of all for your organization. Safety can be a trap, in that you never move forward. Two activities in my past are sailing and rock climbing. When a storm approaches, large ships move out to […]

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Leadership and Engagement

August 9, 2017 0 Comments
Leadership and Engagement

According to Gallup The numbers rarely change. In the U.S., the annual Gallup survey shows that about 70% of our employees are NOT engaged. Meaning, they are putting in no extra effort to move the company forward. Employee engagement is the engine of productivity. Job #1 The CEO, Founder, Owner of a company has one […]

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People Development Leadership

January 11, 2017 0 Comments
People Development Leadership

Back in 2000, John Maxwell authored a book entitled Developing the Leader Within You. In that book he posited that there are five levels of leadership. He named those levels Position, Permission, Production, People Development and Pinnacle. In this post, I discuss the fourth of the five and we will explore the last level in our […]

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Leadership and Craftsmanship

September 2, 2015 0 Comments
Leadership and Craftsmanship

Fresh out of engineering school and excited to begin my new job, I enthusiastically began work on test equipment design for a digital fuel control. One of the more memorable experiences was working with the technician assigned to our team. He was (is?) a true craftsman. The circuit breadboards he built to our designs were […]

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Control, Power and Leadership

January 28, 2015 0 Comments
Control, Power and Leadership

In a previous post, we spoke about control and developing leaders. We stated that “Control isn’t control until you give it away.” If you are running a large organization or even a small “one person shop,” you will find it advantageous to have others thinking about new ways of doing things. We want suppliers, associates, […]

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Demographics Driving Change – Inside and Out

July 1, 2013
Demographics Driving Change – Inside and Out

Things are changing rapidly. Not only are our workers younger, so are our customers. The accelerating pace of change means that to survive we will be updating, tweaking, throwing out and rebuilding our business models, processes and perceived “truths.” Yes, for many of us, our most cherished beliefs are being called into question. I’ve written […]

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You CAN motivate me.

April 8, 2010
You CAN motivate me.

How giving workers autonomy at the NUMMI plant translated to quality manufacturing, here in the US with American workers using Toyota techniques.

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