You've had your 15 minutes of fame!

You’ve had your 15 minutes of fame!

A mile of road taken is a mile of road travelled. Experience gained is experience learned???

So does that apply to 15 minutes of fame? The question is, what was the lesson learned? It may be for a wise to consider, all these has been done but what actually has been achieved? If the road travelled takes you back where you were before, does that count as an achievement?

And if the distance travelled was not as far as anticipated before the journey began; will that count as a failure? We have always related this to 15 minutes of fame but do we place the accountability to a single person because he was able to achieve only this much when we projected so and so? Were the projections realistic enough at the time of planning? Were the results gained realistic from the amount of work put in or the resources allocated for such an undertaking?

It is so much easier to point a finger when we know full well where the root causes stem from. It is effortless to place the blame than change a culture of “no blame”. If and when a lot of turnovers has been seen, do we account these all to inept people not being able to contribute to the whole or an inability to be flexible enough to accept that all individuals are unique and have a different angle to view the same situation from their own point of view?

It is a challenge to change another person’s point of view but if circumstances present themselves and other people say otherwise…is it still this person’s arguable mistake?

And if this individual do achieve a sizeable completion but fall short from your perceived target, did he just have his 15 minutes of fame?


Mutual respect for stakeholders (employees, suppliers, customers, investors, and communities) – for example, senior managers often say “customer-first,” but their decisions and actions are actually “shareholder-first.” There is a lack of balance. – Bob Emiliani (Assessing “Respect for People” in a Gemba Walk : Lean Manufacturing Blog [GEMBA PANTA REI] Nov. 15, 2010)

Believe in “Kaizen“, “continuous improvement“, “just do it“, “do it right the first time“…when processes are flexible, responsive and “open” enough to absorb repercussions and address obstacles in a timely and “efficient” manner decreasing”muda” or eliminating it altogether-one can expect sustainability. A solution is one thing; disruption and possible breakdowns of other cascading processes without “tatakidai” or a consensus on what steps to take as a result of a process implementation – another “Kaizen” opportunity (?!)

Do not expect that by stopping a flow-overflows and other problems will not arise without providing allocations and catch flows.

Seeing these devastating results, can anyone tell me…where is Respect for People?

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Business Collage

Org Chart1

Organizational Chart

Over the years our company hired people with MBAs, multiple degrees, crisp work experience with notable companies. Yet, where are we now? I remember an Executive Officer always say to us, “It doesn’t take rocket science.” And in those days its always true! What ever happened to “Respect for people?” What has been done for Associate Development? Where are career paths? Does all these get trumped by MBAs and certificates of work experience? What message does this bring to associates’ loyalty?

GAs pump hold up

Gas pump hold up

I’ve received an E-mail today proposing a solution to normalize gas prices and bringing it down to normal levels. It goes… 

By now you’re probably thinking gasoline priced at about $2.00 is super cheap. Me too!  It is currently $3.83 at Arco and Costco  for regular unleaded in Salem , Oregon and climbing every  week.  Now  that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a gallon of gas is CHEAP at $1.50 – $1.75, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the  marketplace… not sellers. With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to take action.  

DON’T purchase ANY gasoline from  the two biggest companies (which now are  one), EXXON and  MOBIL. If they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices.  

I hear we are going to hit close to $ 5.00 a gallon by summer and it might go higher!! Want gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united action. The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn’t continue to “hurt” ourselves by refusing to buy  gas. It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT, whoever thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can Really work.

This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the “don’t buy gas on a certain day” campaign that was going  around last April or May! It’s worth your consideration. Join the resistance!

Why are we squeezing the barrel which is almost empty? Why not find another source of energy? Is this really the answer?

Empty Gas Station

Empty gas station...


Cat smile

It surprises one at times to get help from the most unexpected people. It does pay to do good even without execting anything in return.  Its like saving in a bank for a rainy day. Thing is, we don’t know if the “bank” is a trusted and reliable one…

Happy good will hunting everyone…!

We come to terms with the fact that no mater how true and selfless we are…when truth comes to be scrutinized; in the end our decisions were based on the value it adds to our way of life. Its just hard to accept sometimes that you expect so much less in what you do for others and at times when you needed assistance for yourself…no one can be found [lucky if there are numbers].

So much sweet endings are portrayed in movies and tv series that we come to believe life to be so selfless and people to be so kind. It is not a surprise that other movie and screen directors tend to shock us with harsh realities jolting us back to the real world.

What ever happened to most of us? Is living and subsistence reallythat hard that we tend to forget to even do something without asking or expecting in return?

I have not lost hope in humanity, I just wish that so much will not change my own view of how to deal with a lot of things…

Or is it true that some things can not be helped? I certainly hope not!


Tsunami and its onslaught

Hearts and prayers go to the affected victims in Japan…Their uphill climb has just started. We talk about lean and kaizen, this is the best time to put all our learning to use. To assist and aid the very country that has unselfishly shared lean and Kaizen teaching to the world…

Brain stroming area
Brain stroming area

City planning…tricky thing! We check wind directions, we verify land measurements, we scope nearby structures, we get permits for buliding and constructions. We design and pitch for the most beautiful structure we could ever dream about…And when everything is already complete and erected we wonder…Why did we build this? Why did we not foresee that an act of nature can happen like this? Why did we use these materials? Why did we cut corners here and there? Why did we save some here and spend some more there?

Pinnochio’s Dilemna

In Lean, we painstakingly search for the root causes (truth) to minimize losses. In Life, some people would go through such lengths to hide the TRUTH and let deceit work for their own advantage.

First impressions always lasts…it is not always bad. But this warrants a second, a third, a fourth, in fact, more focused

Focused Squint

 contemplation. There is never a shortcut for the intent.