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Mike Wiersma

Mike Wiersma is a Global Continuous Improvement Leader and Executive Coach as well as the Vice Chair of the Michigan Lean Consortium. Mike has over 16 years of experience in leading cultural transformations in both manufacturing and service organizations across the globe. With a proven track record in engineering, operations management and continuous improvement, Mike drives results with practical hands-on experience and effective leadership coaching. He's passionate about helping people and organizations build systems and structure that achieve best in class performance. Mike is married with 4 girls. He enjoys beaches, golf, travel and family time!
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Waterfall Coaching

Posted by Mike Wiersma

Jul 30, 2020 5:41:04 PM

There are many feelings and emotions that are triggered just from observing waterfalls. In nature, we associate them with speed, power, and beauty. With Lean, we often associate waterfalls with the concept of a continuous flow of people, materials, and information. We also use project management methodologies that leverage a waterfall approach where we execute in phases and the value is finally achieved at the end (versus an agile approach). Additional new thinking like The Flow System™ calls out how complexity, teamwork, and autonomous leadership address organizational friction. Finally, having a mind like water frees up our mind to be more productive.

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Make It a CI-nch

Posted by Mike Wiersma

Jul 24, 2020 5:33:34 PM

Cinch. 
\ ˈsinch

Noun.

: A thing done with ease
: A secure grip
: A certainty to happen

Verb. 

: To make certain
: To fasten tight


Improvement work doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, the intent of the thinking and methods is to provide some sense of security and increase your certainty.

If continuous improvement is truly the way to healthy, sustainable culture change, why do we make it so complicated? Why are so few using the tools? And why are we so quick to leave it all behind in times of chaos or uncertainty? The same thinking and methods apply before, during, and after those critical moments in time.  

Let’s discover a few ways to make your work and continuous improvement a CI-nch.

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Increasing ROI Increases ROI

Posted by Mike Wiersma

Jan 2, 2020 8:00:00 AM

I know what you're thinking. First, What does ROI mean? And second, why and how does increasing ROI create more ROI? 

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I RESOLVE... to Continuously Improve in 2019

Posted by Mike Wiersma

Feb 6, 2019 8:11:00 AM

It's that time of year when everyone seems to make new resolutions. It's a good idea to make a resolution for change any time that you notice a gap that needs to be addressed. Since it's January, let's talk about what you can do to change your behavior so you can be better in 2019!

Consider these seven resolutions for successful continuous improvement (CI) this year.

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