By Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth


THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE: LEADING VERSUS MANAGING

The year: 1989. Florida Power & Light had just won the Deming Prize, Ja ...

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THE BIG SQUEEZE: THE X-TYPE MATRIX

This is the third article in a row I have written on leading, building the ...

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CHURCHILL’S 39 DESKS: STRUCTURE THAT FREES

For me, the operational essence of the leader dilemma is this: How do I say ...

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THE BARRACUDA LEADER: VISUALITY AND LUNCH

The barracuda is an ambush fish, capable of speeds of 25 mph and feared by ...

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VISUAL SCHEDULING: A PROBLEM-SOLVING MECHANISM

Visual Scheduling is a plain two-dimensional format that maps out which pro ...

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CARVE OUT A NEW ROLE FOR SUPERVISORS

Letting value-add associates own the improvement outcome I call the visual ...

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EMPOWER THE VALUE-ADD LEVEL THROUGH WORKPLACE VISUALITY

Some mistakes managers make at the start of a visual conversion are serious ...

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WHAT DOES GROWTH MEAN FOR YOUR COMPANY?

Our discussion continues, the center of which is the question: “What does ...

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BORG THINKING: STANDARDIZING TOO SOON

In the last few issues of The Visual Thinker, we put the foundation in plac ...

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HOW VISUALITY ALIGNS: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DATA, INFORMATION ...

From sales to design, procurement to planning, fabrication to processing, r ...

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THE SIX CORE QUESTIONS: YOUR WINDOW ON STRUGGLE

The Six Core Questions you see to your right are a window to help us unders ...

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END MOTION THROUGH THE SIX CORE QUESTIONS

In last week’s issue of The Visual thinker, we took a closer look at the ...

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MOTION SICKNESS AND A DOSE OF MEDICINE

Chronic information deficits—offices and the production floor are flooded ...

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MOTION: CORPORATE ENEMY #1

Deficits in information have a vast and disastrous impact on all performanc ...

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THE ENEMY: CHRONIC INFORMATION DEFICITS

It’s no secret. Workplace information can change quickly and often—prod ...

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TAKE THE MUZZLE OFF & LET THE WORKPLACE SPEAK: THE POWER OF IM...

In a visual workplace, information is converted into simple, commonly-under ...

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PUZZLER SOLUTION: PROTOTYPE VISUALITY

I’ll bet you can hardly wait to learn about the solution to last week’s ...

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VISUAL INVENTIVENESS VERSUS COOKIE-CUTTER DEVICES IN SHARED WORK EN...

Visuality is a language. Its purpose is to express our current understandin ...

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PRINCIPLE-BASED VISUALITY FOR ENTERPRISE-WIDE ALIGNMENT/DOORWAY 10

Over this Visual Thinker series on the 10 Doorways, you’ve learned that t ...

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THE THREE OUTCOMES THAT DEFINE SUCCESS

There are three outcomes that define success as you and your colleagues con ...

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THE VISUAL MACRO TEAM: DOORWAY 9

Doorway 9 in our 10-Doorway visual workplace model is a means of building y ...

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THE VISUAL-LEAN® OFFICE: DOORWAY 8

The excellence revolution was around for more than decade before companies ...

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DOORWAY 7: THE VISUAL MACHINE® ~ LET THE MACHINE SPEAK

We have worked our way through the first six doorways and now arrive at Doo ...

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DOORWAY 6: VISUAL GUARANTEES (POKA-YOKE SYSTEMS)

A visual guarantee is a mechanism that builds information so deeply into th ...

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THE VISUAL WORKPLACE: DEFINED

The entire world of work—whether assembly plant, hospital, bank, airport, ...

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DOORWAY 5: VISUAL CONTROLS & PULL SYSTEMS

Visual Controls in its many powerful forms is the focus of Doorway 5 in the ...

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DOORWAY 4: VISUAL LEADERSHIP – THE BIG PICTURE

Doorway 4 of the Ten Doorways into a visual workplace opens to Visual Leade ...

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DOORWAY 3: VISUAL DISPLAYS (THE SUPERVISOR’S NEED-TO-KNOW)

Supervisors, managers, and schedulers own Doorway Three[2]. Open it and you ...

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DOORWAY 2: VISUAL STANDARDS (NOT AS POWERFUL AS YOU HOPE)

Everyone in the enterprise makes a contribution to visuality in the workpla ...

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DOORWAY 1: OPERATOR-LED VISUALITY

The first Doorway into a Visual Workplace is visual order/visual inventiven ...

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