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January is a time when we usually cycle between feeling invigorated, hopeful and a little bit downtrodden. There’s pressure to ride the momentum of the new year by immediately putting our resolutions into practice. All the while, wintry weather and short days tend to make running out of steam a common... More
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Happy New Year! I hope your winter holiday, no matter how you chose to celebrate, was peaceful and afforded you rest, rejuvenation and time with those you love. My heart goes out to those impacted by the severe winter weather that blew through the U.S. over the past several weeks. Our thoughts are with... More
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For lean professionals, nothing is ever stagnant. Standard, yes, but never stagnant. We are always looking for better, faster, more efficient processes—or, in the case of the last several years, adapting in response to crises. As we rapidly approach the end of 2022 and start to look forward to 2023,... More
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There are so many reasons why this is my favorite time of year; one of them is because it’s in this season of giving when we learn what is most important to people. We are all passionate about something. Whether because you, a friend or a family member were impacted by that something personally or... More
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October was an exciting month for AME. In addition to reconnecting at AME Dallas 2022, we welcomed our 2022-2023 AME Board of Directors and Executive Committee. I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Marc Braun for his service as he steps down from the role of AME Chair. He and Past Chair Wayne... More
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Today we recognize Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada. As we take time to thank those who have and continue to serve, I want to spotlight the significant role that veterans play in the AME community specifically. In every industry represented by AME members, you will find veterans... More
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We have been practicing agility and flexibility forever. However, recent events mandated quicker responses than many of us have experienced in our careers or, frankly, were prepared for. I know I certainly was not. Change can be proactive or reactive. When we practice agility and flexibility proactively,... More
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It is less than two weeks until we Embrace Disruption at AME Dallas 2022. I expect this conference to be transformative. We are, after all, coming together in a world transformed. The disruption we experienced over the last two years has created unique and unexpected opportunities. Who planned three... More
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We are all familiar with the phrase “what goes up must come down.” Well, an interesting phenomenon is developing within the U.S. workforce, suggesting that those who exit might soon return…only this time on their terms. As workers experiment with “quietly quitting” in the post-pandemic labor... More
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As our industries change and grow, topics like supply chain and lead times are becoming household terms. In the past two years alone, people quickly learned how integral industry is to their everyday life. It was a challenge, but we collaborated and adapted, embraced change, and listened to best practices... More
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Last week I wrote about resilience and the incredible fortitude found within the supply chain and manufacturing industries. This adaptability, however, is only part of what makes AME and its partner organizations industry leaders and innovators. Our members are constantly pioneering new ways of thinking,... More
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The theme of AME's 38th annual international conference, Embrace Disruption, could not be more timely. Many of us feel, myself included, that the last few years have been a never-ending stream of disruptions—particularly in the supply chain and workforce. AME Dallas 2022 presenters will share how leading... More
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As the Industrial Revolution peaked in the U.S. at the end of the nineteenth century, workers’ rights were considerably undervalued and overlooked. Across the country, marches, protests and eventually the infamous Pullman Strike rocketed labor abuses to the top of the national agenda. After more than... More
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Only two months to go until we pack our bags and embrace disruption at the AME Dallas 2022 International Conference. This will be my first in-person conference since I came on board in this role in 2020. Amid my excitement to connect with so many talented lean practitioners, including our outstanding... More
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AME is a large organization, with consortia spanning all regions of the United States and internationally, including a large presence in Canada and Australia. I often forget how wide our network is because the AME community is such a tight-knit and close family. You might think it is clichéd to refer... More
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Sometimes it feels that time is passing us by, not at a steady walk or slow jog, but in a full-on sprint. Things are changing so quickly that it is difficult to keep up. It is hard to believe it has been two and a half years since I was offered this amazing opportunity to serve as AME’s president and... More
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Last week, I wrote about the benefits of reverse mentoring when responding to digital change and generational gaps in the workforce. It also made me realize there was a larger conversation at play. When we implement forward-thinking initiatives to maintain standards of enterprise excellence, we are doing... More
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When I joined AME as CEO in 2020, I was so grateful for the chance to lead an organization bolstered by visionaries across a multitude of industry-leading companies. AME’s success is, and always has been, fueled not only by the shared values of each of its members but also through the interconnectivity... More
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As we leave June behind us and brace ourselves for the inevitable July heat, it is startling to realize we have already passed the halfway mark for 2022. Together we collaboratively addressed the challenges of the last few years and are now coming back stronger—and different. Offices have reopened,... More
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The Fourth of July is often quick to pass us by. Short term, it brings a celebratory air and the promise of a reprieve from our daily responsibilities. We may head outside with our neighbors for cookouts, sip beverages under the beating sun or watch fireworks in the distance. It is a day that, while... More
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A colleague recently shared a piece of advice that they received ahead of their first job interview, and it really stuck with me. In a nutshell: The interview doesn’t start when you walk into the office. Your impression starts with the first person you meet in the organization. It starts with your... More
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Anyone with children knows how to be adaptable and agile, especially in 2022. Parents use lean principles in everything they do. There is standard work in getting children ready for school while also preparing yourself, pivoting to virtual school in times of crisis, shuttling children to various sports... More
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Collaboration is a cornerstone of continuous improvement. AME was created because its founders realized we all gain by sharing, learning and growing together. In 1985, our mission of fostering practitioner-to-practitioner learning across the globe was born; this mission to inspire a commitment to enterprise... More
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​There is real value in standard work. It helps us share knowledge across departments, locations and an entire enterprise. It helps us remember how to efficiently complete infrequent but important tasks. And it allows us to spread best practices from person to person. As lean leaders and practitioners,... More
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Each year, the U.S. Navy invites a select few to attend its Distinguished Visitor Embark, a rare experience to witness life aboard a Navy aircraft carrier. For years, this was one of my bucket list items. In 2010, I was finally able to live that dream. I landed, stayed the night and took off from the... More
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In a recent conversation with AME co-founder Robert “Doc” Hall, he reminded me that connections are AME’s special sauce. People turn to AME to connect with knowledge, training and—most of all—people. Our mission speaks of our commitment to helping members share, learn and grow. This is the... More
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When I look at the roster of AME volunteers, staff and speakers, I’m always inspired by the number of mothers in our ranks. All parents balance personal and professional responsibilities, but mothers stand out for their ability to find creative ways to make things work. So perhaps the proverb “necessity... More
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In his 1953 novel, Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury made several predictions about the future that have come to fruition. Among those predictions, he predicted interacting with others through video, large flat TV screens that take up an entire wall, and more. Beyond Bradbury, there are other cases of people... More
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  Like many of you, the staff turnover bug bit AME this week. Of course, I knew we weren’t immune to the Great Resignation, but it was still a bitter pill to swallow when AME’s director of marketing and communications, Jeff Puma, signed off for the last time earlier this week. From hosting our weekly... More
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  Around the AME ecosphere yesterday, a committee of volunteers discussed how to help our members take better advantage of our considerable member benefits and how we might engage non-members so they can benefit from the AME network, knowledge and training. In another meeting, our regional presidents... More
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  There is power in both the words “yes” and “no.” These simple words allow us to take on new challenges and do so at the proper time, but it takes wisdom to know when and how to deploy both. Last May, I wrote about “yes, and” and how that mindset allows you to move things forward and build... More
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  You might expect a joke letter today — it being April Fool’s Day after all — but I’ve decided to play it straight in my weekly message. That’s because I didn’t want to waste your time with a joke message when I know how valuable your time is. Instead, I wanted to use your precious time... More

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