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The Total Eclipse (on your shop floor)

You must have heard by now. There will be a total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8th. We are lucky to be in the path of near totality, so we don’t have to travel far to see it. The sky will be black. The temperature will drop. I’ve heard that the moments just before totality will be louder than usual, with wild animals making more noise than usual. And, at the height, it will be pin-cushion quiet.   These things are out of our control and will happen whether we’re there or not.

How is this like your shop floor? Have you ever heard the moments before something goes wrong? Things are starting to pull apart, start to have issues. The team gathers around to try to figure it out and do whatever it takes to self-correct. We’ve talked about the rhythm of the shop before. Shops have a sound, a feeling.

What's an AS9100 and why should you (and Boeing) care?

It’s been all over the news recently. Boeing cannot find the report for who was responsible for...

Guacamole and your Production Operations

I love guacamole. As we’re coming into Super Bowl weekend, nachos might be a thing for some. Chips...

The Alarm Bell's Ringing in My Head

This weekend, I received a call from my alarm company. They were calling to tell me that I had a...

What the NCAA teaches us about cheating

Cheating is not worth it. In the short term, it may give you the “win” but in the end, it corrupts...

The Power of One Revisited

We talked about the impact of a single person in your organization as a strength and weakness...

A Winning Season

On the shop floor, you don’t often talk about seasons. You have days, weeks, months, and periods of...

The Scoreboard, Part 1

We’re in football season, and I’m partial to some good NCAA ball on a fall Saturday with a...

The Power of One, Part 3

Archery is a game of skill and strength. Just looking at the size of those bow strings and the...

The Power of One, Part 2

We’re talking about the power (and weakness) of a single individual in your organization. This team...

The Power of One

There are still diseases that modern medicine will fail to heal; those are, perhaps, the most scary...

Airline Travel - DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS

If you remember air travel when you dressed up, it was a completely different experience. In the...

Where Mustard Went Wrong

I’m all for innovation. I am an entrepreneur and I know that, sometimes, you have to go where no...

The Drawbridge

I love drawbridges. They always fascinated me as a child. While I don’t know of any in the...

Your Water Number: A Numbers you need to know series

I am all about self-improvement. I read. I have an accountability partner. I set weekly goals. I...