Guest Column

Guest Column

July 1, 2012

Why Lean Fails

A top-down strategy is the only way Lean works

By now, the Lean story is familiar. A vibrant, well-managed Lean manufacturing strategy has the potential to double growth, dramatically cut costs by eliminating waste and improving processes, and boost operational profitability. Ask a room […] Read More

May 1, 2012

The Center Vanishes

The root of congressional polarization

Over the past 15 to 20 years, the polarization in our nation's capital and the federal government has increased exponentially. It's difficult and, at this point, all but irrelevant to try to identify the specific […] Read More

January 1, 2012

Caught Short

Mounting resource scarcity will lead to economic dislocation and heightened geopolitical tensions in the coming decades.

We are entering a phase of growing global resource scarcity and dislocation. Population and economic growth, as well as greater resource demand in countries with mega-populations such as China and India, are major contributors. In […] Read More

November 1, 2011

We All Love America

It's time to rediscover civil discourse in politics.

Like a lot of Americans, my parents and grandparents taught me to treat others fairly, equally and kindly. I carried that with me into my career as a journalist, as a spokeswoman in the public […] Read More