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  If there was a job description for the role of mother, “multitasker” would be the first bullet point. I was fortunate to grow up with a mother who was a skilled multitasker. She had to be because she raised five children — including two sets of twins — all born in a three-year window! Her... More
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  Members of the lean, continuous improvement community are always seeking knowledge. It is not uncommon to participate in a conversation about the books that got you started on your lean journey and what you are reading now. Or to come across someone sharing a training course, YouTube video, article,... More
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  “To achieve true production efficiency,” AME volunteer Glenn Marshall wrote in a 2020 Target article, “a company must cut down on environmental waste including raw material consumption, energy and water use and pollution.” As we conclude National Volunteer Week and on the heels of Earth Day,... More
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  April 18 marks the start of National Volunteer Week in the U.S. and Canada. As a volunteer-supported, nonprofit association, AME knows well the importance of volunteerism. We count on our volunteers to help us identify meaningful programming for our conference, summits and other events. Volunteers... More
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  As the vaccines continue to roll out and we see continued signs of a return to “normal,” do not be knocked down by the adversity that we will certainly still encounter along the way. There will be hurdles. They are inevitable, but that doesn’t mean that those bumps in the road have to derail... More
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  Throughout my career, other lean practitioners, leaders, and organizations I observed have opened my eyes to new ideas, methods and tools. Going to the gemba and hearing others’ experiences have been transformative for how I learn and grow. Before becoming AME’s president and CEO, I was a member... More
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  With springtime comes the annual tradition of spring break. It’s too early for reliable 2021 spring break travel data, but anecdotally, I have seen images of spring breakers visiting warmer climates while also hearing from others who are reluctant to travel. Whichever camp you fall into — a traveler... More
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  Spring is a time of rebirth. Flowers bloom. Birds migrate north. People – especially those in colder climates – begin to emerge from hibernation. When spring officially starts tomorrow, it will seem different this year. It is not just the leaves on the trees that are returning. As vaccinations... More
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  On this International Women’s Day, I want to call attention to the role women play in our community. Many of us have influential women in your lives. These could be women with a formal leadership position, a mentor, a peer or even someone you heard at a past AME event or conference. I am fortunate... More
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  We live in disruptive times. Sometimes it’s a company that disrupts an industry like when Uber, Amazon and Airbnb disrupted taxi services, stores and travel. Other times — as we’ve experienced this past year — disruptions may come from a pandemic or weather events. If necessity is the mother... More
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  Ideas and people need a champion. For an idea, the champion advocates and evangelizes while building an alliance to support the idea’s adoption. For people, the champion empowers, mentors and sponsors individuals to accomplish more. Both roles for a champion are important. A champion needs vision... More
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  “Working remotely” took on a whole new meaning when NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars yesterday. Every time NASA has landed a rover on Mars it has been a tremendous feat of ingenuity and engineering, and the current mission upped the ante even further. As you might know, Perseverance... More
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    You might have heard the phrase “Teamwork makes the dream work.” It’s corny, for sure, but that doesn’t make it any less accurate. Coming on the heels of last weekend’s Super Bowl, the idea of teamwork is fresh in my mind. When you watch a team come together to accomplish a goal, you’ll... More
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  Supply Chain Now, the voice of supply chain, announces its partnership with the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) to launch a new livestream series spotlighting the North American manufacturing industry. The series will feature conversations with manufacturing leaders throughout the... More
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  According to Punxsutawney Phil, we’re due for six more weeks of winter. For those of you who have been hard hit by recent winter storms, it doesn’t take a groundhog to look out the window and wonder if a prediction of only six more weeks of winter is too optimistic! While the Groundhog Day tradition... More
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  Dear Present, Past and Future AME Members: We all seek prosperity. This is a universal goal for all organizations and all individuals. It has not changed during the pandemic. Even as we’ve struggled against numerous challenges, we remain focused on finding ways to thrive in our careers and personal... More
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  This past Wednesday marked my one-year anniversary as AME’s president and CEO. Since assuming this role, AME has accomplished so much, as have our members and the entire community of lean, continuous improvement practitioners. I am proud of our community’s collective efforts to pivot and adapt... More
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  The lottery has been called a tax on fools and the mathematically challenged. With the combined jackpots for PowerBall and Mega Millions at nearly $1.4 billion, it’s easy to think about the incredible odds against matching all the numbers. You have roughly a 1 in 300 million shot of winning the... More
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  Happy New Year! Through a quick and unscientific Google search, I just learned that New Year’s resolutions date back 4,000 years to ancient Babylon — at least that’s what articles from Fast Company, History.com, Mental Floss and even Teen Vogue would have me believe. As lean, continuous improvement... More
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  On behalf of AME, I wish you happy holidays and all the best for the new year. The AME office will be closed from December 24 through January 1, so this is my last weekly message of this unprecedented year. For AME, this year has been a microcosm of a continuous improvement journey. When the pandemic... More
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  If you’ve been in a Zoom meeting with me during the past few months, you may have seen an unexpected visitor on the screen. I’m currently fostering a cat that is very curious anytime she hears voices coming out of my computer. There’s a running joke among the AME staff that my home may transition... More
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  Over the course of the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with Norman Bodek, the Godfather of Lean in America, on several occasions. Our conversations often revolved around Norm’s various projects and his latest book, “A Leader’s Guide for Social Responsibility.” These discussions... More
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  AME is made up of people who are dedicated to enterprise excellence. Members, volunteers and staff all seeking best practices to implement lean and continuous improvement. This pursuit of operational excellence inspires us and keeps us driving toward agile solutions, tools and processes that help... More
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    The U.S. Thanksgiving is a chance for families and friends to get together to break bread and spend time with one another. In many families, these celebrations include multiple generations sharing laughs, stories and sometimes a political argument or two. It’s not hard to conjure up a Norman... More
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  On Wednesday in the United States and Canada we recognized military veterans and those who continue to serve. While Veterans Day and Remembrance Day are opportunities to thank veterans for our freedoms, it is incumbent on industry to provide veterans with the opportunities to use their skills in the... More
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  Allegedly, we are in November. Daylight saving time has ended. AME’s conference has passed. Halloween has come and gone. There was a U.S. election. And leaves continue to change colors and fall from trees. But in the Midwest where AME is headquartered, there’s been a bit of a resurgent summer... More
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  Today, I want to talk about the importance of gratitude and celebrating. Regardless of your role in your organization, your family or your community, it is important to take a moment to thank those who make your successes possible. Let people know what sort of impact they have on you and your organizations.... More
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    I’ve mentioned before that the AME staff meets regularly as an informal check-in via Zoom. We miss the watercooler talk that we enjoyed when we were in the office together, so these meetings are a great way to maintain our human connection to one another. A core tenant of continuous improvement... More
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  Big projects can feel overwhelming at times, but when you have a team with which you can brainstorm, troubleshoot, and share the load, it helps you power through and get the job done. Right now, there is a dedicated team of volunteers and staff working long hours behind the scenes to put the finishing... More
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  Since becoming AME’s president and CEO earlier this year, I have been able to regularly speak with AME co-founder Robert “Doc” Hall. This is certainly one of the more unexpected but welcome opportunities of my career. An AME and Industry Week hall of famer, Doc is an early leader in the lean... More
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  The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) announced today that it has appointed five new members to its board of directors. Brian Fields, Robert Martichenko, Gregg Miner, Ellen Sieminski and Billy Taylor will serve as directors-at-large for a two-year term that began October 1, 2020. They... More
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  Next week AME will announce the new members of our board of directors. Approximately 70 nominations were put forward for five director-at-large positions. These nominees included CEOs, continuous improvement leaders, academics, familiar and new faces to AME, and many other worthy candidates. An expansive... More

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