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Andrea Roussel

I am a natural lean thinker. I thrive in being an adaptive professional unafraid of new challenges or changes. I began my career as a teacher and found myself quickly entering the world of Sales. Pfizer and Novartis taught me to never take "no" as an answer. The constant objections throughout the sales process encouraged my natural curiosity and lead me to constantly ask "Why". There was always a reason "why" you were faced with an objection. Once you fully understand the "why", you can begin to find ways to partner and gain buy-in. I have applied these same behaviors in the Oil and Gas Industry, and I'm looking forward to my next journey in technology at Dell. I constantly look for ways to improve the current state and processes, and I truly believe that an organization will only get better through constant monitoring of the current state and looking for ways to eliminate wastes. My top 5 strength finders are: Problem Solver - Creative - Detail Oriented - Analytical - Responsible What are yours?
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Guest Post: Sabbath and COVID-19

Posted by Andrea Roussel

Mar 22, 2020 5:40:52 PM

Sabbath and Coronavirus - those are probably two words you would not put together...

Recently, I have researched (and not on the obvious), the Sabbath. Everywhere I looked and everything I saw said, "to slow down," "you are exhausted," "you aren't enjoying your life." The word Sabbath started appearing everywhere. People on Instagram, Podcasts, reading, everywhere.  

So what is Sabbath? Sabbath by definition is a day set aside for rest and worship. Sabbath was given to us by God as a gift and a commandment. As believers, we are told to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. It's the day you are to unplug and appreciate all you have - through a hobby, a walk, anything that helps you relax and recharge.  

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How I Define Lean Leadership (Or How I Don’t)

Posted by Andrea Roussel

May 12, 2015 8:01:00 AM

I believe that leadership is best defined by the ability to inspire others to be their best self. I also believe that too often, the words “management” and “leadership” are used as synonyms to describe the actions of supervisors in an organization. This is a mistake because these terms carry different meanings to employees within your organization.

Managing is a daily function, but true leadership should be focused on creating a vision and inspiring others. When it comes to the Lean Environment, the manager must play a critical role as a leader.

Good Lean leadership is based on the following:

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