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career path and a slippery slope

Possibly a misleading title for this article. However, I imagined the interview question over and over again… I continued to replay it in my mind and each time it felt like skiing down a cliff but instead of land ahead – the bottom fell out and well, you can imagine the rest.

I once interviewed for a supervisory job at a competitor. I was still a new supervisor at the time and wanted (desperately) to move to Wisconsin. There were a lot of non-professional reasons and my haste was probably unprecedented. I was only 24 at the time, so I was not mentally mature. By stating that, I am not saying at 24 you are or are not as a general statement. I am indicating that my mindset had a bias and I had convinced myself that an illogical solution was the best for my family (and me).

During an interview I was asked a question that I had never

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history and a predictive productive future

The thing about work, is well, we tend to be our own worst enemy. You have heard that before, haven’t you? I assume there was no big surprise when I said that. I also assume when I say – we should study the history to help the future – your eyes may have rolled and again you will assume that I am stating the obvious. Yet, I beg to argue, if we truly understand what we have done, where we have been then we would not repeat the same things… over and over…

At most employers there is a substantial turnover, which may be up or out, but regardless, the positions and people change which lead to gaps in the <a class="zem_slink" title="Information str

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Quotes. Business + Life + Help?

  1. Your time is precious, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs
  2. Once you free yourself from the need for perfect acceptance, it’s a lot easier to launch work that matters. – Seth Godin
  3. Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from. – Seth Godin
  4. A consultant is someone who takes the watch off your wrist and tells you the time. – Unknown

There is no encrypted message here. Just a couple of good quotes that I identified while looking at a site (listed below).

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More 5S, 6S needs 5S’d & engagement vs. dictation

So, over a year ago I dug into 5S. Well, I have been participating for some time – but I drafted a blog entry about it. Recently, I gave a whole mess (pun intended) of training, 101-sessions. They were refreshers for most, but new people as well. In either case, the presentations went well but the audience was not expecting the message that I delivered, or perhaps, the way I conveyed it.

6S has too many S’s. Converting 5S to 6S by adding <a class="zem_slink" title="Safety (American and Canadi

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lean champions and a pyramid effect

There is so much work that needs to be done.

As professionals we have both normal tasks which must be completed and strategic projects to take the business further. When we see a problem – we (usually) get a group of SME’s together and start pounding out solutions. You may use the A3 or another method but the point is that we recognize we need a team to do this. So why does it have to stop there? What if you could have people usings a pyramid concept to multiple the efforts? I believe you could apply a champion model to nearly any subject matter expert led work group(s).

  • First, set a group of tools that you want to use in your


So author Mark Driscoll has a saying… Those which we idoloze, we will also demonize. His context refers more towards Christianity, and although I find that true too, I was thinking in terms of our professional lives. You see, I have read quite a few angry blogs, Facebook rants, or Tweets… Many times people work their entire lives for the company to be let go or not selected for something they were “deserving of.”  Many times, the reasons were nothing person but the hard truth of business. In order for there to be a promotion or a vacancy something had to happen. The business model is not the same today as it was yesterday, thus needs change which may also change other things in structure. There is an ever present dynamic that is churning for the greater good and that does not always align with our feelings. That word… Feelings… Terrible word, and I am just as guilty to some extent. I imagine we all have been at one point.

I am not talking

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