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Leadership = Mentorship

Jun 2, 2021 | Posted by Matt Elson

Developing others is perhaps the most important role of leadership. A leader: – sets the vision (with strong focus on WHY) – builds systems and process that distribute responsibility & authority for problem solving and decision making – leads by setting an example, being knowledgeable and by coaching & teaching We have standardized methods for […]

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[From The Archives!] Building A Culture of Learning

May 6, 2021 | Posted by Matt Elson

[This was originally posted on Canadian Metalworking, here] A Culture of Continuous Improvement and Innovation Many consultants, lean books and conferences/seminars tend to put a lot of emphasis on “tools”.  These tools can include  things like work standards, value stream mapping, 5S, kanban, andon, heijunka box, etc.  Alternatively, continuous improvement is about building the capacity […]

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Keep Improvement Simple!

Apr 29, 2021 | Posted by Matt Elson

We were taught a very simple rubric from my very days at #Toyota and from the coaches at #TSSC.  Keep improvement simple, verify through experimentation, then standardize / stabilize, and repeat.  Accordingly, our approach is always to use simple, hand drawn sketches, notes, tables, charts and graphs.  There is no sense in making them pretty (in a […]

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The Thinking Way of “PDCA”

Aug 31, 2020 | Posted by Matt Elson

As a result of a lot of reflection, I thought I would share some of my thoughts on the subject of #PDCA (Plan – Do – Check – Act). According to my mentor, Dave Gutscher , #PDCA is at the core of #Toyota principles.  Our challenge as leaders is to figure out how to reduce the time […]

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Blog Post Series: Advanced Materials Management Concepts

Jun 26, 2020 | Posted by Matt Elson

Welcome back to the Journey to True North blog!  We’ve been on hiatus for a while, but thought you might enjoy a recent series that we posted on our LinkedIn page, which focused on materials management, delivery, and logistics concepts. All of these concepts are focused on kaizen of existing / traditional materials management / […]

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