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  After a year’s delay, the Olympics are in full-swing, and I’m reminded that they really have something for everyone. There’s the pageantry of the opening and closing ceremonies, the behind-the-scenes drama and comeback stories, and, of course, the tension and exhilaration of the competitions. There’s... More
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    AME members and volunteers often share with me that they feel like they’re on a burning platform and faced with several competing priorities. I’ve heard this more frequently in the past 18 months as many of our member organizations find their bearings and chart a path forward on persistently... More
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  We talk a lot about the “community” at AME. We are fortunate to be a part of a collaborative group of professionals who are focused on enterprise excellence. The AME mission to share, learn and grow is a great encapsulation of the mindset necessary to keep this community connected and moving forward. There... More
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  At AME, we like to think of ourselves as a connector that helps our members find great insights and actionable lessons. When you participate in a virtual tour, when you join and network with an AME consortium, when you attend our conference or a summit, and even when you benchmark off past AME Excellence... More
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    In the U.S. and Canada, the Independence Day and Canada Day holidays offer a chance to commemorate important national milestones. Informally, these days also mark about the one-third point of the summer. While I’m sad to type those words (no one wants to be the one who points out that summer... More
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  The upcoming July 4th holiday in America has me thinking again about those who protect us and our freedoms. As I’ve stated before, military veterans are a pillar of the AME community. You play an important role in the organizations that we serve, and your military training complements the lean,... More
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  Compassion. Work ethic. The biggest supporter of his kids and grandkids. Teacher. Mentor. Grill master. As we head into Father’s Day weekend, I asked the AME Home Team to describe their dads and what they meant in their life. The words I heard were things that reminded me of a good continuous improvement... More
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  Isn’t funny when you know someone for years and then find out something tremendous about them. That’s the feeling I had when I recently learned that AME volunteer, Bill Baker, was recognized with the Engineer of Distinction Award from his alma mater, University of Mississippi. Many of you have... More
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  Facebook has a funny way of transporting us to a different time and place. The daily reminders of our memories are an often-fun walk down memory lane. Each year, I’m reminded of the time I met Simon Cowell, a dinner out at a favorite restaurant, photos of the duck family that took up residency in... More
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  Monday is Memorial Day in the U.S. It is a time when we honor those who have died serving our country. Like most U.S. businesses, AME will be closed on Monday, and I hope that our staff and our members — whether you are in the U.S. or another country — spend some time thinking about those who... More
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  Around this time each year a new batch of graduates complete one chapter of their lives and enter a new phase that might include a new job, additional education, enlisting in the military, a gap year with a volunteer organization, or countless other opportunities. The graduation ceremony, itself,... More
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  At this time last year, you were probably hunting for toilet paper, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. Now a year later, there has been a mad rush at U.S. gas stations for a very different reason. The supply chain disruption caused by this week’s cyberattack has caused significant interruptions... More
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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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