Value separation

How do you as an individual, “be different”?  As a company?  How do you create value that stands out from others providing your services?  And if your services fall in the same category as others, you must not be different, right?  Shouldn’t you then be in your own category? Catching up on some blog reading, [...]

By | 2010-03-23T10:23:32+00:00 March 23rd, 2010|Business, Innovation|0 Comments

Health care: Little House on the Prairie style

Remember when Dr. Baker on Little House on the Prairie went to the homes of the people who were ill?  That would never work today, would it? Well don't tell Jay Parkinson that.  When he finished residency, he was determined to revolutionize health care by personalizing it.  Here's some of what he has to say: [...]

By | 2008-12-01T09:43:02+00:00 December 1st, 2008|Customer Service, Healthcare, Innovation, People|0 Comments

More lean success in Iowa Government

Almost a year ago, I blogged about the Government of the State of Iowa and its lean efforts.  Right now, I am on the Lean Enterprise Institute's "Success Stories" web site reading about another lean success story by David Drickhamer for the State of Iowa, this time for the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. The [...]

By | 2008-11-20T14:30:48+00:00 November 20th, 2008|Innovation|0 Comments

Alltop: do you really like staring at a magazine rack?

Maybe you've heard of it, maybe you haven't.  Guy Kawasaki (author of one of my favorite books, The Art of the Start) recently launched, which he has branded as "the online magazine rack" for information from the "top publications and blogs".  I'm sure in a lot of circles (okay, maybe most circles), there has [...]

By | 2008-03-17T11:19:56+00:00 March 17th, 2008|Culture, Innovation, Life, People, Technology|4 Comments

Trimming the fat in healthcare

The Iowa healthcare system is using lean principles to improve quality and cost of healthcare. I was traveling this week and had a chance to get caught up on some podcast listening.  During the America's Business program from last week, Mike Hambrick introduce Vince Newendorp of Vermeer Manufacturing in Pella, IA.  Way to go Vince!  [...]

By | 2008-03-15T22:22:20+00:00 March 15th, 2008|Innovation, Manufacturing, People, Podcast|0 Comments