• What is the Key to Lean Success?

    By Mike Niedenthal on June 6, 2017

    “Lean is a set of beautiful ideas. Are we doing enough to get them across?” John Shook, CEO of the Lean Enterprise Institute The effectiveness of lean ideas no longer needs proving:  we now...

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  • Lean vs. Six Sigma

    By Mike Niedenthal on May 16, 2017

    We are often asked, “Which improvement approach, Lean or Six Sigma, is better?” “What are the main differences?”  While I know these questions have and continue to be debated by both Lean and Six...

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  • Cheerleader or Trusted Leader?

    By Mike Niedenthal on April 11, 2017

    We work with clients who are struggling, or have struggled, to successfully implement lean transformations. Over the course of our work, we have found common denominators that cause these culture-...

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  • Why Should You Listen to Us?

    By Mike Niedenthal on December 28, 2016

    My colleague, Joe Torrago, recently wrote a blog addressing the issue that we are often asked by Kansas manufacturers what we know about making the types of products they produce. Joe’s response? “...

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  • You Can Call It a Banana...

    By Mike Niedenthal on October 20, 2016

    I was asked the other day, “What’s the difference between a lean activity and a kaizen event?”  My first reaction was to give in to my often quoted answer, “It doesn’t really matter, you can call it...

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  • Lean/Six Sigma Succeeds When You Start by Asking "Why?"

    By Mike Niedenthal on October 14, 2016

    Earlier this year I had the opportunity to be a part of the 3rd annual Continuous Improvement and Innovation Conference (CIIC) at Kansas Wesleyan University.  We covered a wide range of topics, one...

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  • Succeeding with Lean: 4 Tips for Long-Term Improvement

    By Mike Niedenthal on July 20, 2016

    Over the years of observing companies implement Lean and other continuous improvement programs, we have seen that for many companies, maintaining the momentum of a continuous improvement program for...

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  • Trusted Leadership

    By Mike Niedenthal on May 22, 2016

    MAMTC works with clients who are struggling, or have struggled, to successfully implement lean transformations. Over the course of our work, we have found common denominators that cause these culture...

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  • When Lean/Six Sigma Succeeds

    By Mike Niedenthal on April 25, 2016

    Last week I had the opportunity to be a part of the 3rd annual Continuous Improvement and Innovation Conference (CIIC) at Kansas Wesleyan University.  We covered a wide range of topics, one of which...

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