Friday, December 17, 2021

If I only...

If I only had that new set of golf clubs, my game would be more enjoyable.

If I only had that powerful kitchen mixer, my breads would be more popular. 

If I only had that new laptop, my writing would gain a wider audience.   

We kid ourselves.   

The key to excellence is practice, repetition, learning from mistakes.   Basic tools are all we need to practice.  Continuous Improvement is the path to excellence. 

At the highest levels, the best equipment can give a slight advantage.   And we will know it if we are at the highest level.   And most of us aren’t.  

Better to focus our energy on doing better with what we have.  


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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Learning About Lean is up and Running Again

After a nine-year layoff, I'm back to writing here.   

So where have you been, Joe??

Glad you asked.   

Suffice it to say it got intense.   I continued to lead our manufacturing efforts making medical devices.   Business was good and I had a lot of leadership demands.   We implemented Lean systems and kept driving that effort.    

At the end of 2020, I retired from Cook Biotech.   Amazing to have reached that point in my life.   

I've spent much of 2021 retooling and pondering the next steps...I've never felt retirement was "shapeless leisure."   Instead, it's a new purpose.   

One of those purposes will include more writing about business, processes, decision making, Lean and applications of these.    

I may update this platform but will link back to it.   

Lots to we go.   

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