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There is a lot going on in trade relations between the United States and China recently. Sanctions and threats of sanctions, then sanctions withdrawn. There has also been a great deal of finger pointing and accusations from both sides, all while those most affected by sanctions—you and me—are rarely heard from. From steel workers to dock workers to soybean farmers, everyone is affected when great powers collide. But one thing is certain: It’s a global economy, and like it or not, kick and scream all you like, we are in it up to our ears.

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Each Friday, Mike Richman and Dirk Dusharme co-host Quality Digest Live, a 30-minute web TV show. On QDL they offer up news and commentary about the issues facing quality professionals and their organizations.

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(Quality Digest: Chico, CA) -- Lean Culture Change: Using a Daily Management System by Steven Leuschel (Align Kaizen, 2015), reveals decades of organizational transformation knowledge deeply rooted in the Toyota Production System and Toyota’s culture.

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(Quality Digest: Chico, CA) -- In January 2017 Richard Schonberger, researcher and author of Best Practices in Lean Six Sigma Process Improvement (Wiley, 2009) issued an open letter to Motorola published in ISE magazine asking the company to withdraw Six Sigma as a copyrighted term.

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(Quality Digest: Chico, CA) -- Mikel Harry, one of the early developers of Six Sigma, died yesterday, April 25, 2017, in Chandler, Arizona. He was 65. Harry, along with Bill Smith, was one of the architects of Six Sigma within Motorola. He was sometimes referred to as the “father of Six Sigma” although Harry referred to himself as the “godfather” of Six Sigma, and pointed to Motorola engineer Bill Smith as the true father of the methodology.

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(Quality Digest: Chico, CA) -- Here is your chance to listen to and learn from someone who helped develop, improve, and expand Toyota’s production system!

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(Quality Digest: Chico, CA) -- Upon release from detainment following allegations involving personal investments in a Norwegian company, Ola Rollén has resumed his duties as Hexagon president and CEO as of Nov. 7, 2016.

The Norwegian Economic Crime Authority decided not to file for an extension of Ola Rollén’s detainment, and he was released on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. The legal investigation will continue, but Rollén firmly denies the accusations.

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(Quality Digest: Chico, CA) -- Hexagon CEO, Ola Rollén, was detained in Norway on Oct. 29, 2016, on suspicion of insider trading stemming from personal investments unrelated to Hexagon.

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