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There are so many men who can figure costs, and so few who can measure values. ~Author Unknown


A corporation is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin. Methods have to change. Focus has to change. Values have to change. The sum total of those changes is transformation. ~Andrew Grove


The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize. ~Shigeo Shingo


Your lean process should be a lean process. ~Author Unknown


There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. ~Peter F. Drucker


Continuous improvement is not about the things you do well — that’s work. Continuous improvement is about removing the things that get in the way of your work. The headaches, the things that slow you down, that’s what continuous improvement is all about. ~Bruce Hamilton


If you need a new process and don’t install it, you pay for it without getting it. ~Ken Stork


Everything can be improved. ~Clarence W. Barron


Willful waste brings woeful want. ~Thomas Fuller


There are many experts on how things have been done up to now. If you think something could use a little improvement, you are the expert. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Amateurs work until they get it right. Professionals work until they can’t get it wrong. ~Author Unknown


It is not the employer who pays the wages. He only handles the money. It is the product that pays the wages. ~Henry Ford, 1922, also sometimes quoted as "It is the customer that pays the wages"


Nature does constant value stream mapping — it’s called evolution. ~Carrie Latet


Don’t waste time learning the "tricks of the trade." Instead, learn the trade. ~James Charlton


Time waste differs from material waste in that there can be no salvage. The easiest of all wastes and the hardest to correct is the waste of time, because wasted time does not litter the floor like wasted material. ~Henry Ford


Waste is a tax on the whole people. ~Albert W. Atwood


When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book


A bad system will beat a good person every time. ~W. Edwards Deming


It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality. ~Harold Geneen


We are too busy mopping the floor to turn off the faucet. ~Author Unknown


Watch the little things; a small leak will sink a great ship. ~Benjamin Franklin


Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless. ~Thomas A. Edison


It is more than probable that the average man could, with no injury to his health, increase his efficiency fifty percent. ~Walter Scott


It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about? ~Henry David Thoreau, letter to H.G.O. Blake, 1857 November 16th


 
 
A relentless barrage of "why’s" is the best way to prepare your mind to pierce the clouded veil of thinking caused by the status quo. Use it often. ~Shigeo Shingo


The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. ~Bill Gates


The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking. ~Albert Einstein


If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else. ~Lawrence J. Peter


Improvement usually means doing something that we have never done before. ~Shigeo Shingo


Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. ~C. Northcote Parkinson, 1958


On the bathing-tub of King T’ang the following words were engraved: "If you would one day renovate yourself, do so from day to day. Yea, let there be daily renovation." ~Confucian Analects


An environment where people have to think brings with it wisdom, and this wisdom brings with it kaizen [continuous improvement]. ~Teruyuki Minoura


The impossible is often the untried. ~Jim Goodwin


The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed. ~Henry Ford


If you don’t have time to do it right you must have time to do it over. ~Author Unknown


Ford’s success has startled the country, almost the world, financially, industrially, mechanically. It exhibits in higher degree than most persons would have thought possible the seemingly contradictory requirements of true efficiency, which are: constant increase of quality, great increase of pay to the workers, repeated reduction in cost to the consumer. And with these appears, as at once cause and effect, an absolutely incredible enlargement of output reaching something like one hundredfold in less than ten years, and an enormous profit to the manufacturer. ~Charles Buxton Going


Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings. ~C.D. Jackson


Different isn’t always better, but better is always different. ~Author Unknown


He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. ~Harold Wilson


Invest a few moments in thinking. It will pay good interest. ~Author Unknown


Don’t water your weeds. ~Harvey MacKay


You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures. ~Charles C. Noble


I don’t like a man to be too efficient. He’s likely to be not human enough. ~Felix Frankfurter


If all efficiency experts were laid end to end — I’d be in favor of it. ~Al Diamond


One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it. ~Sidney Howard


I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors, and I shall adopt new views so fast as they appear to be true views. ~Abraham Lincoln


It is better to stir up a question without deciding it, than to decide it without stirring it up. ~Joseph Joubert


A certificate does not make you certified. Attitude, performance, commitment to self and team — these and a certificate make you certified. ~Author Unknown



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