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An Unauthorized Lean2Life Adventure - 2013 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference, November 5-6, 2013 Crowne Plaza Hotel, Timonium Maryland …

An Unauthorized Lean2Life Adventure - 2013 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference, November 5-6, 2013 Crowne Plaza Hotel, Timonium Maryland
On Christmas Even 2012, I pulled the plug and set out on a mission to lean my world to life. To clean up my messes and set my systems straight and create flow.

It started as a commitment for a week and expanded into two. I realized it was a very big job, and I decided to give it a year.

That year isn't over yet, but I am giving an update at MWCC lean conference this week. This is the PowerPoint. Enjoy!

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    • 1. ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 2. PowerPoint for my presentation at: • 2013 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference • November 5-6, 2013 • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Timonium Maryland • Highlights on my personal lean2life experience which began on December 24th 2012. Audio will become available… eventually. ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 3. Too Much Good Stuff = Bad ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 4. The Teacher (Method) Became the Obstacle ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 5. Unlikely Alliance ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 6. The Process is the Sensei. All the rest are co-travelers. ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 7. Ask the Process What it Wants ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 8. Look First: Know Me Before You Change Me ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 9. Stage 1: Begin with the Whole in Mind ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 10. I Can’t Hit a Target I Can’t See ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 11. I Can’t Hit a Target I Can’t Feel ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 12. I Want to be Ahh-inspired ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 13. “Our Hymns Will Never Make it to Heaven… …Until We Clean Up the Mess in the Basement” ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 14. Stage 2: Go to the Gemba ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 15. What’s Bugging You? ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 16. ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 17. What’s Bugging You? ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 18. ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 19. What’s REALLY Bugging You? Gridlock Hell ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 20. for Grace ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 21. What Else is Bugging You? ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 22. Flip It All Forward, Pick One and GO FORTH! ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 23. How’s That Supposed to Happen? ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 24. ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 25. Stage 3: Commit Pulling the Plug ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 26. I’m Doing This for Me ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 27. Stop Starting and Start Finishing ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 28. Stage 4: Know Thyself First. Know Me Before You Change Me ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 29. Loosen Second: Problems Might Solve Themselves ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 30. Pick Tools that Fit Me, Not The Other Way Around ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 31. Recognize That I Am Missing Some Basics ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 32. Let Me Take Baby Steps Baby Kata: Why won’t that baby share that toy? • What is the target condition? I want that toy. • What is the current condition? I don’t have that toy. • What obstacles do you think are preventing you from reaching the target? That baby is a poopy head. • What is your next action? Throw a tantrum and shriek loudly. • When can we go and see what we have learned from taking that action? I don’t wanna. ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 33. Honor the Couch and the Kata When I try to use the tool, what happens is… Kata: 1. A specific practice. 2. A repeated routine to increase adaptiveness and skill. 3. A way of keeping things in alignment or synchronization with each other. Ana-lysis: First step in untangling Lysis=loosen ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 34. Align With My Nature ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 35. Help Me Find Fit By Trying ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 36. Bust My Denial Gracefully ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 37. “Don’t Make Me Look Under Every Rock at Once” ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 38. Trust My Deeper “Whys” ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 39. Trust The Invisible Inner Process ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 40. Stage 5: Let it Unfold ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 41. I Followed My Nose It is foolish, they say, to do it this way When it all can be done from a script. It takes so damn long to sing your own song, And albums are easy to rip. They tell me to look through a best-selling book, And to follow steps A, B and C. They think it a waste to not copy and paste, And there’s no need for learning to see. It is foolish, they claim, to play your own game, When games can be bought in a store. Why make it so hard and mine my own yard? Is my own gold so worth digging for? It is foolish, I’m told, to let things unfold They said I should follow a plan! So the plan that I chose was to follow my nose My nose knows to start where I am. ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 42. I Discovered My Natural Timetable ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 43. I Observed Instead of Read ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 44. I Saw Where I Went Unconscious ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 45. It Signaled Me to KTS ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 46. I Felt My Resistance ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 47. It Signaled Me to Remove Obstacles That Caused Resistance ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 48. I Observed My Desire to Shift Blame ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 49. It Signaled Me to Flip the Shame Forward into Aspiration ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 50. I Made Painful Mistakes ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 51. It Signaled Me to Sort Better ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 52. I Noticed Productivity Declines ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 53. It Signaled Me to Take Creativity Breaks ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 54. I Detected That Sinking Feeling ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 55. It Signaled Me to Stop, Drop and Re-choose. ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 56. I Noted When I Felt Pressured ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 57. It Signaled me to Create More ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 58. I Felt My Temptation to Fit Something In ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 59. It Signaled Me to Stop Asking “Will it Fit?” and Start Asking “Will it Flow?” ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 60. I Honored the Signals … IMPERFEKTLY ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 61. And Often Found: It gets darkest just before new light dawns. ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 62. ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 63. The Fog of Busy-ness Lifts: Yikes! Who knew?!? ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 64. No Rose Garden: Even 2-Second Improvements Can Be Messy ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 65. Random Improvement Purgatory ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 66. L2L Becomes a Family Affair • Shoulda wouldas • Money mysteries • Unsustainable living situation • Brother calamity • Computer challenge • Hearing loss • Trust issues • Isolation • Undernourished • Father complex remnants ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 67. Oh, Brother ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 68. Single Factor Experiments!?! ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 69. Listlessness ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 70. TMI (Too Many Improvements)  Cognitive System Hell ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 71. The Push and Pull of Socks ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 72. The Inner Game of L2L Isn’t Always Fun … • Shame, doubt, judgment, fear, inadequate, lost, frustrated, futile, hopeless, confused, fragmented, in over my head, uncertain, flawed, stupid, crazy, irrelevant, impatient, restless, hopeless ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 73. Stage 7: Peaking Out From Under: Inspirations ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 74. The Darker the Night The Brighter the Dawn ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 75. When the Fog of Busy-ness Lifts: Unanticipated Resources! ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 76. Can’t Solve World Hunger? At Least Leave Things Better Than You Found Them ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 77. Every Pearl Began as an Irritation ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 78. Sometimes the Shortest Distance Between Two Points is a Labyrinth. ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 79. Opportunitynowhere OpportunityNOWhere The gold isn’t always where you think it is ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 80. Land Mines Can Protect Gold Mines ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 81. Freedom to Fail is Freedom to Succeed ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 82. Respect the Power of a Straw ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 83. Never Waste a Good Crisis ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 84. Wield the Lamp Before the Sword ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 85. Shop Your Own Closet ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 86. Seek Not and Ye Shall Find ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 87. Your “NOs” Put Fences Around Your “Yeses” NO ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 88. Every Story Has a Beginning, a Middle and an End ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 89. I’m Doing This for Me ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 90. Stage 8: Making it Mine ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 91. Know Thyselves www.speakstrong.com/inventory ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 92. My Inner 5Ss 1. Sort 2. Straighten 3. Shine 4. Standardize 5. Sustain 1. Free up matter. Discern who I am. Commit to a future direction. Get current and clear out what is dead to me. 2. Become more systematic. Honor how things work. Observe and align with natural flow. See and honor likenesses and patterns. Alchemize. Serve future me. 3. Respect what I have. Maintain. Sprinkle fairy dust on my world. 4. Curb excessive creative impulses. Stop reinventing the wheel. Simplify. Enjoy order. 5. Protect what I’ve created and what I’ve been given. Continuously improve. Build on rather than depart from. ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 93. Flow and Pull in My L2L Process Flow: • Being in a state of grace • Effortlessness • Ease • Being in tune with the Whole Pull • Motivated by vision and aspiration • Following my bliss • Drawn into the perfect next step for my Kata Quest ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 94. My L2L Gemba Spirit Mind Heart Will ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 95. Systems Thinking as Alchemy ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 96. Every Surface is an Altar ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 97. Every Word is an Invocation ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 98. Every Improvement is Homage ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 99. Every Deed Deserves a Final Blessing ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 100. ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 101. ©2013 www.speakstrong.com
    • 102. Go Ahead. Pull the Plug! ©2013 www.speakstrong.com