Minimalism – The difference between Need and Want

School is about to go back here in New Zealand and our family has been discussing covering exercise books. Now I hate covering exercise books with a passion. I'm sure whoever invented contact paper was a sadist. Every year as the holidays end, the reality of covering exercise books looms and this year we have … Continue reading Minimalism – The difference between Need and Want

Intentional Living – I don’t need a target to make progress

How are you going with living your intentions so far this year? As usual, I’ve been struggling a bit as I continue to adjust from being on holiday to living in a more structured, purposeful way. This morning, I realised that the way forwards is easy. All I have to do is just keep doing. … Continue reading Intentional Living – I don’t need a target to make progress

Intentional Living – Why I’m building new habits for a new year

As part of my intentional living plan this year I am working on building some better habits. Now I’m not a huge fan of exercise. Mostly because it’s hard, uncomfortable and never involves sitting on the couch watching Netflix while eating cookies. However, as I move further into my forties I know that staying fit … Continue reading Intentional Living – Why I’m building new habits for a new year

Intentional Living – Plans, Pitfalls and Too Much Christmas Cake

As I emerge from the fog of a couple of weeks of not thinking about anything more stressful than making it to the airport on time or ensuring that everyone got enough helpings of Christmas cake, my mind is moving back into the planning stage of re-establishing my routine for the next few months.

Intentional Living – Why a plan is not going to be enough for 2019

As the end of the year looms, I'm beginning to think about catching up with my intentions for 2018 and recommitting or re-evaluating these for 2019. Today I came across an amusing but oh so pointed reminder about how our plans are only set in stone for about a minute after we make them and … Continue reading Intentional Living – Why a plan is not going to be enough for 2019

Minimalism – I can’t believe we ever had that many toys

Recently I was going through some old phone photos and videos. They were from a few years ago when my younger daughter was still a toddler. Taken in our old, supersized house, I was staggered to see the amount of toys we had all over the place. It was in no way a small house … Continue reading Minimalism – I can’t believe we ever had that many toys

The Three Essential Things Every Company Needs for a Successful Lean Transformation

The pursuit of perfection in systems and processes has been the key theme of my career for twenty years. Now I’ve read a ton of books, lean books, theory of constraint books, books about how to combine theory of constraints and lean and don’t even get me started on books about six sigma. But earlier in my career I found that not one of those books gave me any pointers on how to move a company from one state to another in terms of culture, or how to create momentum. For sure, I knew about Value Stream Mapping, PDCA cycles and Just in Time but what I was lacking was the secret formula to making lean or any other methodology really work.