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2012 Annual Management Blog Roundup – Steven Spear: The High Velocity Edge

This is the third installment of my favorite management blogs as part of John Hunter’s 2012 Curious Cat Management Blog Carnival. Back in 1999, Steven Spear and H. Kent Bowen wrote the HBR article, Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System.  The article has become one of the most widely read accounts of why … Continue reading

Should We Focus on Strengths or Weaknesses?

Besides the negative effects on motivation, attempting to close gaps by forcing people to work on their weaknesses takes attention away from further developing strengths which can be much more valuable to the organization and the individual in the long run. Continue reading

2012 Annual Management Blog Roundup – John Shook & the Lean Enterprise Institute

This is the second installment of my favorite management blogs as part of John Hunter’s 2012 Curious Cat Management Blog Carnival. John Shook is one of the most recognized names in lean thinking.  John spent 11 years at Toyota, and has authored (or co-authored) several books on the Toyota Production System.  He is currently Chairman … Continue reading