Sarah Lethbridge

Sarah Lethbridge


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A Tweet’s Tale

Posted on 5 April 2021 by Sarah Lethbridge

Last month, I finally ‘went viral’. As a fan of social media (Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends, Instagram to keep in touch with celebs, Twitter to keep in touch with global events) I had always sneakily wanted to go viral. I’m not sure why, it probably stemmed from my days of
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Searching for a Sign or a Signal

Posted on 1 March 2021 by Sarah Lethbridge

As I’m writing this, it’s St David’s Day in Wales, this morning I sent my little girl off to School in her Welsh Lady costume and felt compelled to go into the Supermarket (for the first time in a year) to buy some Daffodils (deemed Essential Items for Welsh people). I did not linger. I’m
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Operations Rule the World

Posted on 31 January 2021 by Sarah Lethbridge

There are many things that annoy me in the world of work, but a particular bugbear of mine, which I’m sure happens in many organisations, is that when discussing the progress of various initiatives, the Centre’s ‘strategic role’ is positioned as more critical and important that the satellites’ ‘operational’ one. The inference is that ‘operational
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How Would It Make You Feel?

Posted on 30 October 2020 by Sarah Lethbridge

“What is the problem you are trying to solve?” *Thunderbolt* *Dramatic Music* *Spine Tingles*  “The best thing to do when things are complicated and you’re not sure which way to turn, is to ask the question… what is the problem you are trying to solve?” I’m not sure if that follow up qualification sentence was
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Lights, Camera, Action!

Posted on 17 October 2020 by Sarah Lethbridge

If anyone hadn’t noticed, we’re in the middle of a global pandemic which has affected Executive Education teaching somewhat…. We’ve had to get used to a variety of online delivery packages from Teams to Zoom and also, the University’s integrated package, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. I first started trialling it out a couple of years ago,
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Had Enough of W.F.H.

Posted on 6 October 2020 by Sarah Lethbridge

I read this blog post by Paul Gilbert over the weekend and it really resonated with me.  Your best bet is to read the post yourself, but to crudely summarise, he talks of how ‘liminal spaces’ between meetings or appointments are where we process our ideas, come to terms with what we have learned and make
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Testing, Testing … (for Covid 19)

Posted on 3 August 2020 by Sarah Lethbridge

Anyone who has heard me talk about lean would have no doubt heard me declare that I had a revelation about what lean is truly about quite a few years into being fully immersed in lean practice.  When the penny finally dropped suddenly everything clicked into place.  Lean is about increasing speed of delivery.  It’s about reducing lead time and
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Visual Management in a COVID 19 World

Posted on 29 June 2020 by Sarah Lethbridge

I’ve written before about how committing to Lean Thinking can be quite a painful endeavour.  Constantly seeking out improvements can be quite lonely, unwittingly alienating colleagues wherever you go. There are moments of joy however. I had one a few weeks into lockdown where, on one of our now regular zoom catch ups, I was told
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Every Covid Cloud Has A Silver Lining?

Posted on 1 June 2020 by Sarah Lethbridge

What strange, uncertain and frankly terrifying times we are all living in. The world feels like it’s completely falling apart. In amidst a sea of uncertainty, injustice and heartbreak all I feel I can do is attempt to look at the positives.   As a full-time working mum, pre Covid 19, my life was frantic, “Get
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