How was your week?  Every Sunday, I take a few minutes to reflect on the topics covered during the week and try to pull out some lessons learned that might shape next week, getting better all the time.

We started this week with Labor Day, which recognizes the contributions of working men and women.  I discussed an article on innovation that I found in Harvard Business Review.  The lesson for us from that is sometimes innovation isn’t a new gizmo, but a new understanding of value.  One key way to grow your innovation pool is by including more people.  Include those working men and women Labor Day celebrates!  They all have brains.  They all have perspectives.  Get them involved and expand your ability to accelerate innovation.

That of course requires that leaders let go of the notion that only a few people should be involved in innovation, which ties in nicely with our theme for this month of Letting Go.

To help maintain a feeling of control after we let go, I shared a little about Management by Walking Around, or Gemba walks, followed by 4S, which is a system that should drive our thinking about workplace organization and shared learning.

On Thursday, we recognized world suicide prevention day and on Friday, Patriot’s Day – the 19th anniversary of 9/11.  The call is for unity and helping each other out.  Still something especially relevant with everything that is going on these days.

Yesterday, I shared some travel trends.  I plan to share specific travel information every Saturday, just like every Sunday is a reflection day. 

Coming up this week, we’ll start with some information to help us get better root causes to problems, then a pretty heavy focus on short-interval leadership.  We’ll talk about building a cadence board, doing a problem-focused gemba walk, tiered visual management, and training within industry.  I hope you’ll join me.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow.