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Author Archives: Colin D. Baird

Colin D. Baird
Colin D. Baird is an independent lean manufacturing consultant with the organizational development firm of Coaching Crossroads. He specializes in helping leaders and teams learn how to transform themselves in the areas of people, process, and profitability." He can be reached at colin@coachingcrossroads.com, or at 661-332-0382.

5 Steps to Getting the Most Out of a Good Consultant

Change: this time of year, it's in the air. And yet, the transformation of American leadership––that for years has been long sought after to improve America's employees and her manufacturing base–just never seems to materialize. When change becomes necessary, however, say due to a company crisis, that change just can't come fast enough for most CEOs.

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How to Empower Employees to Make Their Own Productivity Improvements

In the world of business, good change is brutally hard. And changing a culture is even harder—that is, without demonstrating a better way for employees to physically and mentally do the work they were hired to do.

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Kai and Zen: 5 Steps to Making Good Change Stick

Change is inevitable and it's hard, but how you lead it sets the tone for your entire organization. While achieving short-term deliverables is possible using fear as your dominant motivator, the probability of making long-term improvements stick from short-term thinking, or from too big of an improvement project, is nil. That kind of change is bad. Make change good however, and the corresponding improvements become sustainable, and appreciated by those whose lives are influenced by it.

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Enduring Leadership: How We All Gain From Max Schireson’s Experience

Max Schireson resigned recently as CEO of MongoDB to spend more time with his family. It turns out that while the 300,000 miles he logged in travel each year between New York and Palo Alto were brief, the results were enduring.

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3 Steps for Turning Failure Around Through Continuous Innovation

In May, the Veteran's Health Administration’s former CEO, retired American Four Star General Eric Shinseki, began hitting a bit of a rough patch in his once highly decorated career. With an employee culture in free-fall, patients dying because the production system couldn't meet customer demand and employees lying and hiding results about key performance indicators, you'd think Shinseki, a 1965 West Point graduate with 50 years of leadership experience, would have learned something about failure and the need for continuous improvement.

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5 Ways to Learn From Target’s Latest Publicity Scandal

It seems that Target can’t catch a break. The big box retailer's culture was the subject of public scrutiny recently when a mid-level employee from Minneapolis sent an anonymous email to e-zine Gawker lambasting it. In response, Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Jones wrote the following on his LinkedIn blog.

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Using the “Plan, Do, Check, Act” Model to Improve Your Company’s Culture

When artists create a beautiful painting, they begin with a blank slate. Their vision and clarity for what the painting will ultimately look like begins to improve with each successive paint stroke. CEOs can use the same learning techniques to improve their organization's culture with the “Plan, Do, Check, Act” (PDCA) model, which increases the likelihood of success through layered improvements.

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