Caterpillar, found in the Columbia River Gorge two or three years ago (before I kept any sort of record on my photos). I think I took this using my medium format camera with bellows attachment and an off camera flash.
The first quarter of 2007 ends this week. Business leaders at all levels will spend the next few days or weeks collecting financial results and reporting on them.
Will all those reports help you manage your business? Hopefully they will be of some help. They might not be enough, though. Here are some additional questions you might want to ask yourself in order to help you turbo charge the second quarter. As you work through these questions, you will want to revise your "100 day plan" accordingly.
I was going to write a normal post for today, something about how to write headlines that entice readers into your blog or email. Looking for examples of good and bad blog headlines, I stumbled across this one:
And so we come to the final element of great managing: creating an environment in which employees agree strongly with the statement, "This last year, I have had opportunities at work to learn and grown."
A rant over on "The Corporate Cynic" got me thinking about gemba. Jerome writes that the whole concept seems to be a "goofy" gimmick that would just result in more paperwork.
He could not have been more wrong.
Gemba is a Japanese word that means the "actual place." Practitioners of lean manufacturing/lean service talk about the importance of going to the gemba in order to see for yourself what really happens. Going to the gemba is a core principle of the Toyota Way, and should be a core tool that every leader uses.