KICK ASS LEAN - the word is getting out, don't miss it.

6. July 2016 16:02

Are you still sitting on the fence about weather or not you should attend ?  I have a friend with something to say, you may have heard of him, this guy name PAUL AKERS !  check it out...


Wednesday the 24th at 3:00pm for the most transformative information I could pack into 2 hours.   Thank you all for signing up and allowing me to share what I have learned with you.  SEE YOU THERE !


Brad Cairns

Lean Maniac



15. June 2016 12:32


As we get closer to the IWF I know the anticipation is mounting in the Lean community!  It would appear that FINALLY we woodworkers are starting to emerge from our caves and see the light.  We are tired of status quo and are searching for a better way. 


If you’re ready for a change, you want to see more employee engagement and finally turn the table on that struggling bottom line.  Get to Atlanta!  Get to the Lean seminar and stop making excuses.  If you think I’m just crazy (which may be true, lean maniacs sometimes are) then check out what people are saying about their Lean transformation


“I took the 6 week average production in dollars through the week you were here ad compared it to the average production since and it is 35-40% more.  Pretty good change overall for a one week blitz”

Bruce Humphrey – Caseworx


“We have eliminated 1 million dollars in overtime in less than one year.  If you think you can do it yourself, you can.  But it may take years and years to get the same results we have seen in months”

Dustin Giffin – Giffin Interiors


In my opinion my shop was operating at optimum efficiency until we discovered “Lean”.  We are now operating more efficiently, consistently and out producing what we thought possible”

Elvin Martin – Mullet Door



Need I say morejQuery15204068798553455194_1466019138607  Get to the Lean seminar and start to transform your life and the life’s around you!



15. April 2016 07:26

Let’s face it, there is a reason you are taking the time to read this:  it’s time to start kicking you know what !

I know you can all relate when I say manufacturing in the wood industry is a tough grind.   After all, we are already doing everything we can to be successful, what more can there be?

 At IWF this year I am going to prove:

·         The factory that you believe is bursting at the seams still has lots of floor space

·         Your full production schedule can easily accommodate another 30%

·         You can cut in half that inventory you think you need

·         You can divide your lead time by 2,

·         It’s possible to have a fully engaged workforce!. 

 Ok enough with the fancy words, did I say “fully engaged”?  What I meant was a team that gets great joy from utilizing their skills to make a positive impact on their daily lives.  How many team members can say that they helped turn a company around? Or take a good company to a great company?  These are the kind of experiences that are required to change a plants culture, and it’s not as hard as it sounds.

I confess, I’ve had a wood manufacturing company for the last 25 years, and I did most of those years the hard way.   The turning point was my introduction to what is commonly referred to as “Lean Manufacturing”.  If you have heard of this concept and have someone telling you that it’s hard or complicated, keep walking.  Lean done right should be fun and bring pure joy to everyone involved.

 In this presentation of KICK ASS LEAN, we are going to cover:

·         Who the principles best apply to

·         What the principles are

·         When is the best time for a Lean Journey

·         Where do you get started

·         Why you should do it …… and of course I will include “how”!

 This presentation is not meant to be a teaser, it is my goal to give you specific and relevant information that you can take back to your factories and apply immediately.   You are going to leave prepared to start or continue the best journey of your life.  You will walk out of IWF at 5:00pm ready to KICK ASS.

The next post will include resources that would help gain insight and get the wheels turning when it comes to Lean.  

If you have any questions comments or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  My E-mail is and I personally answer every email that comes my way.