Tag: lean

Why HR Needs Lean, and Lean Needs HR

Lean HR
April 19, 2016 Lean HR In case you didn't already know, I kinda like Lean.  I've dabbled a little in the idea of tying Lean and HR together, and at times, have been known to talk about it out loud.  But sometimes, I think it makes sense to go back to the beginning and talk about how these two topics work together, and why you need them both. Simplicity Lean is, at its heart, all about reducing waste.  That's as simple as it gets.  Find where you are losing time, money, or other materials, and then stop doing that.  It could be as simple as finding out the report you work on for two hours each week is no longer read by anyone.  It might be as complex as a complete warehouse redesign.  But every step is with the specific goal of spending…

Cake, Covers and Best Practices

May 8, 2012   I love Cake. And while that is true in many different ways, I'm not speaking today about the icing delivery system we all know so well. Instead I'm referring to the band whose most popular song, "Short Skirt, Long Jacket," you've probably never heard.  What I really dig about them, though, is their selection of covers across their albums. War Pigs (yes, the old Black Sabbath song, Ruby (yes, the old Kenny Rogers song), I Will Survive (yes, the old Gloria Gaynor song) and Mahna Mahna (yes, the old Muppets song) are all served up in new ways.   Covers aren't easy to pull off.  If you start with a great tune, you can either try to copy the original or do something new with it.  If the tune is weak, you have to save it from itself.  A…