Kankudai Oct. 25, 2020

 

 

This is me performing a kata that I used in competition in the 1970's and 1980's. Then I was 50 pounds lighter, had hair, lower stances, higher kicks, more snap, and didn't suck air like I did after doing it.

Bassai Dai Oct. 17, 2020

 


This is me, at 67 years old, attempting to perfect my kata, Bassai Dai. Though I was taught, literally, over 30 such forms, maybe more, after about 10 years of not practicing karate and focusing on Tai Chi, I am forcing my old body to get this right. It's a nice goal.  By the way, the quiet KIA's are due to my recording early in the morning, and I didn't want to wake up my neighbors. 😁😂

Water in Hand

A thought is sometimes like water. You can pour it in a cup, drink and nourish your body, or you can hold it in your hand and watch it disappear.

Meerkats

Theres a lot you can learn from Meerkats. They live and fight as a group, are aware of their sureoundings, and eat scorpions.

Bassai Dai Shotokan Karate Kata

 

I recorded this video of me, doing a karate kata I had not practiced for over 10 years due to my focus on Tai Chi and Qigong. I was inspired after watching a video of a senior instructor in his 80's exercising kihon and kata (see below). So, I decided to switch focus, still continuing my quest with the internal martial arts but adding the wisdom of karate-do. Because of the time not practicing, my Bassai had multiple flaws and weaknesses that I'm striving to perfect as the Kaizen Sensei.


 

Shorinji Ryu Seiunchin Kata


For you Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement practitioners who implement kata in your processes, remember, it’s not what you know, but how you execute the prepatterned steps.  Karate kata trains you on this.  Os.


Aragaki Unsu Kata

Sept. 29, 2020

 Close your eyes and say “thank you.” Many if not all of you will instantly feel positive😉

Sept. 27, 2020 2

Life is like fighting in a ring.  Unless you're Mohammad Ali, which you aren't, you are going to get hit, more times than you'll be able to connect punches.  Life hands you opportunities everyday, and you've got to climb in that ring and go for it with the intent of winning, even at the risk of getting knocked out for the ten count.  Getting knocked down isn't your failure.  Your failure is refusing to get back up and try again. 

Sept. 27, 2020

I found out that if I feel anxiety or fear, I face the source and say "Thank You for the opportunity" and, for some reason, I'm no longer anxious or afraid.

Sept. 26, 2020

When life hands you a shovel full or putrid and foul smelling manure, throw it on the ground and grow something good.

Sept. 25, 2020

 

Quiet confidence means that you believe in yourself 100% to the point where you know that success is the only option or outcome.

Strategic Plan Explained


Face it, this new normal will not go away. 

It caused hardships some worse than others and, like a heavy sledgehammer, slammed hard without much time to prepare.  It was a hurricane that showed up with no warning, and businesses reacted the best way they could to survive. 

Click Here to See a Sample Strategic Plan

As time passed, running a business has taken a new face, some uglier than others.

Miyagi "Best defense is no be there"


The best way to avoid being in the "line of fire" is practice "best defense".

Physical distance

Wash hands

Wear a mask

Bassai Dai at 67 Years Old

One challenge that I face as a martial artist nearing 70 years old is the workout.  Though I spend much of my training practicing Tai Chi and Qigong, which are slow moving and practical for old timers like me, occasionally, I don on a karate gi (uniform) and perform kata, which are pre-arranged movements for exercise, good health, martial arts self defense, external and internal development.  After doing it, I feel compelled to train more, as long as my body can handle it. Though many may argue, it takes it toll on muscles and joints, especially those riddled with years of abuse and arthritis.  

I had not practiced this kata in about five years, which makes this workout difficult with me thinking about the sequences and performing at the same time.

Like Nike says it so well, "One more time."


September 13, 2020

Everybody has a plan.  Until they get hit in the face.  - Mike Tyson

 

SOPs and Audits Part 1

 


One of my jobs as a consultant is to audit companies. There are several types of audits that I, personally, work on: one that is purely objective and the other that aims at identifying the cause and effect of company matters that were identified as problematic. I built a checklist against the Standard Operating Procedures general and specific to the sore spots. I notify the department head in advance about this checklist and the corresponding SOPs. This way, there are no surprises.

For a first-time audit, I meet with management and go over the process. We discuss the basics, and target problem statements that they would like to address. I ask how they would like to see this data and modify my checklist to accommodate their request. With that established, I develop a level of expectation of what to look for as potential failure points. 

Though I may not advise the division date and time when I will arrive, I give them enough warning for the selected department to prepare its employees, process and equipment. I have, on occasions, set my checklist to management to thoroughly prepare my visit. In my experience on both sides of the audit process, I remembered it being standard practice to forewarn the auditee.

If I show up unannounced, it's because I've been tasked to check up on specific issues or problem statements.  I’m given a preview or a list of suspicions some intelligence on what to look for. By showing up without a notification, it resolves a “Hawthorn Effect” where the preparation does not truly reflect the practices of the department but a primed version that is not representative of the division thereby hiding “hidden factories” that affect quality, safety and productivity. 

When I conduct the audit, I presume the department and its staff are competent and versed on the procedures, especially if I had no history with the client.

The SOPs are my means to verify and validate my visits. Though I use standards based upon ISO as a method for pass or fail, the SOPs provide the strength and basis for compliance and grading.

It’s that easy. 

Those who fall in the gray area are commented on the checklist, but the grade I give them still stands. The division can contest it after the report is submitted. 

The audit, though daunting and revealing, is a powerful tool for process and continuous improvement and should be a routine part of a company’s annual routine.


SOPs and Audits Part 2


It is customary for me to interview employees during audits, failures identified or revealed, unless glaring and evident like driving a vehicle with a flat tire

One example that I immediately bring attention to are incomplete forms discovered with missing signatures or dates, on packing slips or bill of lading, like proof of delivery and transfer of ownership not verified. 

This is basic and fundamental.

Sept. 11, 2020

I am asked why I teach tai chi and qigong for free.  I tell them, they pay me through their gratitude, positive energies and good health.



August 30, 2020

It's okay to share your mind with others, but to lose it is unacceptable.

August 23, 2020


 “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 
kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."  Bruce Lee

I Wish You Love by Miu Miu

July 12, 2020

Remember, you are what you imagine. If you are affected by television and social media's negative influences, and knowing that it’s not who you are, then relieve yourself from the heavy and burdensome chains, and feel the freedom that optimism affords you by imagining yourself and everyone around you being happy, healthy and whole. Your life will thank you for it.

Yang Style Long Form Fast



Every once in a while, instead of practicing tai chi slow, I speed up the movements to make it more like a karate kata and imagining myself fighting others (bunkai).  It's also a good work out.  On other days, I try to do this same form, slowly, sometimes taking a full hour to complete it.

June 16, 2020 Value

Value is defined as any product or service that you're willing to pay for, especially if you want it now, and that it's delivered, to perfectly, on time, hassle and defects free. How many of you have experienced true value?

June 15, 2020 Goal

If you’re acting on a want or need, then you’re accomplishing a MINDFUL goal. If you’re doing nothing, then you’re accomplishing a MINDLESS goal.

June 13, 2020

The pleasure you relish for causing pain on others is evil. Don't do it!

June 12, 2020 Focus

You may be falling into despair by focusing into what’s deep and dark in a muddy hole. I wonder what would happen if you, simply, changed your focus?

June 12, 2020 Harmony

Each of us has an instrument to play. To keep this world spinning, we need to stay in tune, play the notes on our sheet, and listen to the universe around us, as it ensures perfect harmony.

June 12, 2020 Dali Lama

Scientists declare that it's human nature to be compassionate. All living beings who experience feelings of pleasure and pain ultimately survive as a result of love and compassion. If we human beings help each other, serve each other, with compassion, we'll be happy. - Dali Lama

June 12, 2020 Wisdom

Before you leave this world, be sure to pass on wisdom, not from what you picked up in social media but from what you learned and experienced through truth and compassion.

June 12, 2020 Live Your Story

Live your life's story. Be one with God and yourself. Life is not a competition.

You Just Might Need a Coach

If you feel like you’re lost with no future, you might need a coach.

If you feel you want to take a bold step in your life, you might need a coach.

If you feel you want to quit a job that’s literally killing you but fearful of change, you might need a coach.

If your business is not where it needs to be, you might need a coach.

If your business is facing hard financial times, you might need a coach.

If your business need to teach old employees new technology, you might need a coach.

If you feel you need someone to help you be more accountable, you might need a coach.    

As a Tai Chi instructor and Lean Six Sigma process manager, I found that helping individuals and businesses determine their own path and strategies was far more fulfilling than simply telling them what to do.

What’s the old ancient Chinese saying? 

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

May 25, 2020

Today, on two separate occasions, I heard the term, “you eat what you kill.”

May 20, 2020



If you want to start your day right and feel good, don’t turn on the news but, instead, listen to a six year old darling sing a Frank Sinatra classic.


May 19, 2020

Why stare at your feet when you can raise your head and soar with the eagles.

May 18, 2020

All businesses have problem statements, and, like injuries, if not attended to, end up being crippled for the rest of their lives.

May 17, 2020

If you’re in a quiet place and your mind is at peace, don’t think of noisy things!

Harmony



Words are powerful.

When we write, say, and think, it affects our subconscious, tells us how to act and react, without our knowing it.

For example, I’m thinking of the word “ Harmony“. Years ago, as a musician, mostly in high school, I played in a band. My instrument was the baritone, sometimes known as the euphonium , a smaller version of a tuba. It supported deeper tones and melodies. my contribution, as with others, was to play in tune, rhythm and musical cooperation, listening for blends and balances, creating for the moment, harmony.

In the laws of gender, Yin and Yang, fulfillment is based upon a concept, a compliance of work in progress, pieces of a puzzle creating a picture, parts snapping into place, one piece at a time. Words like appreciation, fulfillment, satisfaction and happiness come to mind. A very wise woman once told me, “do your part. Do your best. And God will do the rest.“

The symphony of life that coordinates the brass, wind, string and drums continually rolls out the tune of life with a conductor, endlessly, waving his wand.

Each of us has an instrument to play. To keep this world spinning, we need to stay in tune, play the notes on our sheet, and listen to the universe around us, as it ensures perfect harmony.

My Tai Chi Story

I’ve practiced Tai Chi for over 40 years, learned and experienced the tremendous benefits, how it’s kept me healthy, in mind, body and spirit.

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi (translated means “grand ultimate fist”) is an internal martial art created about 300 years ago, when a Buddhist monk observed movements between a snake and crane fighting.  The monk emulated these movements and created a method of martial arts.  Years passed and this exercise was developed into what we know now is Tai Chi and Kung fu.  

Dissatisfied

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I’ve never created a blog on my cell phone, but I was compelled.  More like pissed.  It happened when I did not get an order I placed online.  At the time, it was in stock and I paid with my credit card.

I asked for a tracking number, and was then told that I’d have to wait several weeks for the manufacture to restock the distributor’s shelves.  

Wow.  Not good.

Why is it's easy to understand that stuffing eight pounds of cheese cannot fit in a four pound bag, but yet companies continue to over sell or overbook?

To Do List

At my age, I find myself forgetting things, especially when It comes to my “To Do” list.

A lot of us have ways “to do” this.  Typical these days is to use your android or iPhone, tablet, or notebook.  It’s convenient and it keeps records and history for as long as you want. 

I’ve even seen people talking into a handheld recorder.


Write It Down

Years ago, I jotted notes, doodled on a wire bound notebook.  It was no big deal.  I was terrible with grammar, got “C” grades by the grace of God.  I couldn’t write a decent sentence to save my life.  As years passed, I collected a huge box of these note pads, composition books and journals.  On occasion, I’d pick one up, and funny thing, some of these journals were over 30 years old and I remembered when, where, and why I wrote on it.  As anecdotal this was, it proved how important it was to keep a journal even if what and how I wrote were terribly embarrassing.  My handwriting was at best chicken scratches and the content right above “see Jane run” competent.

My First Karate Class



A college kid in the 1970's got involved in the martial art, motivated by Bruce Lee, Kwai Chang Caine, and Lo Lei in "Five Fingers of Death," a long haired hippie in bell bottom pants, tank top tee shirt and a fu manchu mustache, I took a dive and entered a karate dojo.

I can say the first day in class was foreign, alien, whatever.

Like everything else during this time of my life, when I encountered something new, I spent more time watching, observing, emulating, saying nothing, and hoping my “wild flower” imitation not attract attention. Except for those wearing starchy white karate uniforms with various colored belts announcing their ranks, I noticed others like me, stretching awkwardly, in quiet corners, not making eye contact.

Page from the Past

I wrote this years ago. Wow.
I was relaxed, and ready to call it a night. I knew I was not the sharpest pencil in the cup, but when my head hit the pillow, I stared upwards at the ceiling, my mind awake, thinking, deeply about shit, this time about the Viet Nam War; how it affected and changed the way I thought and believed as a country. Fortunately, it wasn’t a major worry, an important worry; it was a concern, and I was a teenager with no idea of how to solve it. One thing for sure, was that our community was not immune to the tragedies of war. Several Filipino families lost their sons in battle, both times I watched the somber ceremonies complete with 21-gun-salute, mothers and sisters wailing, a bugle playing “Taps” and long-haired hippie veterans saluting to their fallen brother. Both families had sons my age, went to school and played sports, took similar classes, shared interest and watched football games together. I didn’t have a brother shot dead in a land with nothing to show for it except a nicely folded flag and a picture of him in full military dress, alive and proud. I could not imagine the painful suffering of losing a brother; first, because I didn’t have one, second, I’ve never experienced a family member passing. Only friends died and with my limited experience on funerals, it was bad enough to share their grief.

Robo Calls


And what I really hate are getting these stupid Robo calls. All I know is that they’re like pimples underneath an armpit. It’s gotten to the point where I would get a call, of course, with no caller ID card from a local phone number that could be from a customer, friend, or associate. I’d pick it up and end up listening to somebody who wants to sell cheap vacation packages, bottles of Viagra, or hearing aids that they say I was eligible for. 

Check this out because it’s pretty funny. I get this call from a nice sounding fella. He told me that I was eligible for a hearing aid and proceeded to ask the question, “do I have a problem hearing?”  I told him “no.” And then he hangs up. How rude. So?  If I had a hearing problem, and answered his question, isn’t that the first clue that I could hear him loud and clear?  And then if I did say yes?  Then I would not have been able to hear him.  Talk about a waste in telemarketing, but then, it’s a job. We all need to work.

Mindfulness of Normal

Recently, I revisited the practice of mindful meditation. For those who aren’t aware, it’s simply the ability the focus on the moment.

Now think about it?  How many of us can focus on one thing; for example, a job to be done without distraction; multitasking, listening to headsets while cooking, watching television while texting, or thinking about a multitude of things while walking to work.  

How many of us can concentrate on a single, isolated thought for, say, one minute, 60 seconds?

Kaizen Sensei Teaches Move Hands Like Cloud



This simple exercise is what the TaiChi and Qigong masters are teaching and asking everyone to practice as a way to defend yourself against the SARS- Covid-19 virus by building your immune system. It’s simple and easy to learn and can be practiced anytime of the day except right after eating. You can do it for as short or as long as you want providing that you breathe freely, move slowly, flow and “breathe grasshopper, breathe.” You can practice it sitting or in standing position. Please be safe, healthy and alive.

Baduanjin for a Strong and Healthy Immune System

Right now, I keep myself busy by producing videos, using my trusty iPhone, a tripod, and a lot of guts because I realize I’m placing myself in front of God-knows-who, not to win any academy awards, but to help the cause, which, I think, is a good thing. 



Just recently, I read an article about how the Chinese are using an age old qigong exercise called baduanjin or 8 piece brocade to strengthen the immune system, our own defense against the coronavirus (see https://lnkd.in/gpnQ3iP).

We Can Beat This

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Let’s begin by saying, “I am positive.”

Here I am, in front of a lap top, writing, creating this post in the middle of the SARS COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. The infections and deaths it’s causing (and continues to cause) add to a long list of challenges beginning with the lack of medical equipment, supplies and personnel.

The Art of Pain

As a baby boomer, pain is so much part of our lives that either we bitch or live in harmony with it.

I am not saying that it’s fun, the right thing, nor does it makes me happy in any shape or form. 

It’s just how it is, and those who are my age agree that it’s life, a reality, and we deal with it or don’t.

Time To Write a Business Plan




On occasion, I’ve been approached by small and medium sized companies. 

Some are start-ups. 

Many are established.  

Others are handed down from generation-to-generation, modifying practices to accommodate trends, customer satisfaction, and up-to-date processes for profitability.   

So when I asked for copies of their business plans, their standard answer is “it’s all in my head.”   

cGMP Process

The following takes you to a list of YouTube Videos I put together to explain the current Good Manufacturing Process, or 21CFR807 and ISO 13485 processes.


cGMP Basics

cGMP Design and Development

Intended Use

Batch Records


Marketing Articles in Linkedin

Courtesy of votehemp.com
Those of you who are working hard to sell your hemp and CBD products (or any other product), if you are unsure about developing a marketing campaign, I wrote a series of articles on Linkedin that could really help you.

Remember, just because we face crisis, that does not mean you stop what you're doing.  The market is on your side, and you have a great opportunity of making a great living, as long as you're vigilant about your goals and your willingness to do what it takes to succeed.

Below are the links to, kind of, like a directory.  This way, you can use this post as a reference, a go-to place for information.

My goal later on is to produce short videos to supplement the content.  In the meantime, you enjoy it but most of all, it helps you sell more of your products!!

Each topic below will take you to a LinkedIn article I wrote in the site.


Part 9 - Case Study

Solutions

Courtesy of GPE Strategm
I was watching television and got tired of people yapping about problems with real no solution. Well, here's my two cents on what I would do if asked to help out, and a lot of you LSS folks will appreciate the last paragraphs of this article.

More Marketing More Sales: What is Marketing?


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I know that you would like me to get right down to the brass tacks, but in order for you to get a feel and understanding on how this marketing thing works, you’ll need a little bit of background and history.

First, I am not, by trade, a marketing guru. My specialty is continuous improvement, the same management methodology that Toyota and Motorola made it famous. Their processes not only saved trillions of dollars but made much more. Part of the paradigm that I will be using and writing on contain these philosophies and ideas.

Adjusting Patient Load


Courtesy of cbc.ca 
This blog is the second of a series of blogs will be devoted to the Health Care Community addressing long wait times and the need to test and treat the added load as a result of the Coronavirus.

In my last article, I provided a map on how doctor visits are scheduled and the general critical path following a FAT IPO (flow > accuracy > timeliness > input > process > output) paradigm.

Today, I will be addressing capacity which is the ability for a doctor clinic to adequately handle a patient load.

In severe cases, if this is not managed, the practice may have to turn away patients, which can present a problem for those with conditions that require treatment.  And this would not be good.  The alternative is to wait even longer waits in over crowded urgent care centers or hospital outpatient emergency rooms.

Health Clinic Long Wait Times

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The following series of blogs will be devoted to the Health Care Community addressing long wait times and the need to test and treat the added load as a result of the Coronavirus.

Wait times in medical clinics can be reduced by implementing the FAT IPO principles of Lean Manufacturing.  FAT IPO is an acronym for:
  • Flow,
  • Accuracy, 
  • Timeliness,
  • Input,
  • Process and 
  • Outputs.

5S in Oil and Gas

After working in manufacturing and supply chain management for nearly 15 years, I entered the realm of Lean Six Sigma Continuous Improvement process management.  Living and experiencing first hand this methodology as a subset of my job, I encountered multi-million dollar projects that saved tremendous amount of money.  On one example, I was able to lead a 10 well drilling project that saved my then company over five million dollars.  It was destined to fail; had every imaginable obstacle in front of us.  At the time, I learned and practiced several management methods, namely: Management by Objectives, eMyth, and Theory of Constraints.  A close associate of mine who consulted for Nissan Motors sent me several books, one titled:  Toyota Production Services and another white binder book with a symbol that looked like an inclined six.  After burying myself in reading for about a month, I picked up the basic concepts of Six Sigma and Lean used the combination philosophies to create a plan that systematically tackle the impossible and win a big victory for the team.

Lean Six Sigma Can Help Save Oil Field Jobs


(Reprint from 4/10/15)    

This important post affects thousands of men and women working in the oilfield industry. In days past, I’ve read articles (way too many) as key indicators in the field I work in. Lower gas prices mean lower demand and to balance this imbalance, supply is reduced. The Saudi’s and OPEC have done so with the effect of bringing prices up which we’d all complain and point fingers of blame. Now China's economy's tanking that further drives more instability in the world trade market. Regardless, production becomes less of a priority especially when drilling new horizontal fracked wells cost about $60 per barrel.

People, Technology, Culture and Process




Years ago, I worked with the Director of QA/QC and was tasked a Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA).  When I heard about this particular issue, I cringed thinking about how we were going to identify the cause and then fix it.  Together, along with a group of others, we spent about an hour on a white board, drawing charts and implementing the Ishikawa Fish Bone Diagram and asked the 5 Whys, affinity diagram, and multi-voting ideas -- basic Lean Six Sigma stuff.

The Need for SOPs

Reprint from my LinkedIn Post Sept. 23, 2016

To be...or not SOP, that is the question.

As I wrote in the past, the Hidden Factory is part of an organization that through action or the lack thereof, result to rework, workarounds, waste, and delays. In Lean Six Sigma, this is defined as “non-value.”  The company absorbs these mistakes by paying the added wages, raw materials, lost time on equipment use and capacity restrictions on scheduling. Some company owners and executive management dismiss it as part of it doing business with worn out phrase, “it is what it is.”

Peanut Butter SOP


A solution that companies take for granted or don't recognize as a true value is the SOP or Standard Operating Procedure. The SOP is part of a “controlled document process of policies and procedures that are used in training and daily work references. It is the most powerful tool a company has in keeping employees in line. Without it, no telling what happens in the front lines and how decisions are made. These documents provide standards and guidelines as references and strong argument for efficient flow, accountability and timeliness. SOPs are written to guide standard work, processes, and a culture of excellence.

The Kaizen Dojo

As a martial artist for many years, I was taught dojo kun.  “Hitotsu, jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto” the first of five guiding rules in Shotokan Karate, one of the major martial arts systems originating in Japan, practiced worldwide, and founded by Gichin Funakoshi.  Translated it means:  Each person must strive for the completion of one's character.  When recited in the dojo after each class, it was shortened to “Seek perfection of character.”

Question is:  Can this same principle apply in a Lean Enterprise environment?

Why Lean Six Sigma? Because It Works!

Lean Sigma has proven to be an effective way in saving companies a lot of money.

If someone told me that he has ideas that could streamline my business, save money, increase profitability and that my customers implemented these ideas in their policies, I'd be interested.

Unfortunately, some don't share my enthusiastic curiosity.

Lean Six Sigma



As a trainer, I've been asked to provide a simple explanation of what Lean Six Sigma is.  When I tell people it's a science based statistical backed behavior and processed management system, I get blank looks.

Teaching Lean Six Sigma the Karate Way

(Reprint from my post in LinkedIn Jan. 5, 2020)

After teaching martial arts for over 40 years, I’ve found that karate to be effective and useful in training Lean and Six Sigma.

I have to admit, I’ve taught martial arts longer than LSS, but when I do sit down with students in a classroom situation, the sensei comes out of me, not as tough as finger-tip or knuckle pushups, but disciplined enough.

As I’ve met individuals who sat for a weekend or for four straight weekday classes, take test, walk away with impressive certificates, I’ve had, on many occasions, realized that these LSS student have no idea on what they’ve learned much less implement their new found knowledge. Intellectually, they’ve satisfied an important part of learning but not the skill to affect change where, sooner than later, they’ve simply abandoned the training.

10 CBD Facts You Need To Know


CBD…is it legal? Is it legitimate? Is it safe to consume? Find the answers to these questions and more.


1.) CBD is a Main Component of Cannabis

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a primary component of cannabis. It is one of more than 85 compounds unique to the plant and grouped under the umbrella term cannabinoids. CBD and THC are the most prominent cannabinoids found in cannabis, and as such have undergone the heaviest scientific study.