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Up until the industrial revolution, the typical working man (forgive the political incorrectness for now) was able to easily measure the achievements of his efforts. How much wood was chopped; how many cows were milked; how many miles of fences mended or rows tilled; how much seed was sown and how much crops were harvested. The payoff for every day’s effort invested was not just the tactile results, but also the pride and satisfaction that went with it.

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When Lean gets in the way

By Paul Hogendoorn

Sometimes Lean gets in the way.

Here’s what I learned from the first pages of a book I am reading (Winning from Within): "Following the recipe may make for a good meal, but it takes a chef to make a great dish."

Lean is too often a recipe. It puts the focus on the waste, not the work.

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