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    Darth
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    Katie Barry
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    Instead of learning everything I needed to know in kindergarten, I learned it all from Star Wars! (4-6, of course.)

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    #192367

    Darth
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    Caught the end of the 3D remake this weekend. Not too impressive and JarJar is still annoying.

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    #192368

    MBBinWI
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    @Darth – sneaking into theaters – tsk, tsk, tsk.

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    #192380

    Darth
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    @MBBinWI We went to see another 3D movie and when it was over we noticed that there was still some running time on SW so we figured why waste the 3D glasses. At today’s prices, we should hang around all night and catch all the movies!!!! And there was no discount for Senior Citizen….that was the final straw.

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    #192561

    MBBinWI
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    @Darth – I was searching through my old e-mails for your address when I kept getting some boy scout e-mails in the search results. Which caused me to wonder why, when searching for Darth I got Boy Scouts, when I remembered that one of the patrols was named the “Darth Taters”. Which, in true ADD fashion then had me searching the net for some Darth Tater youtube videos, of which the link below was deemed just hilarious and must be shared.

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    #192566

    Mike Carnell
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    @Darth That was actually a pretty well written article. Thanks.

    I wrote a SS article once around the movie “Slapshot.” One of the editors issued me the challenge to find a way to do one around Caddyshack. I keep watching it and can never quite make the link to SS.

    Glad to see you stopped in.

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    #192569

    MBBinWI
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    @Mike-Carnell – That’s ’cause you’re not by nature a DfSS guy. I could easily write a paper about Bill Murray trying to kill the gopher. VOC, spec limits, experimentation, robustness of solution to requirements, etc.

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    #192581

    Darth
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    @MBBinWI – As I look around my office I see my Dr. Darth Mr. Potato head, my giant Darth Pez dispenser, my Darth M&M doll, my Darth Gum Ball dispenser, my Darth heartshaped fake jewel encrusted velvet Valentines candy box, my Darth radio alarm clock to mention a few. These are all gifts. What are people thinking?????

    @mike-carnell – Best SS training movie I ever saw was Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Almost each segment can tie directly to a LSS concept.

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    #192584

    Gary Cone
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    @Mike-Carnell Best one I ever saw was Breakfast Club

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    #192587

    MBBinWI
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    @garyacone – literally puking all over myself. You can’t be serious!?!

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    #192592

    Gary Cone
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    @MBBinWI Full disclaimer, Breakfast Club was filmed at a junior high school in Northbrook, IL right down the street from the Motorola facility I worked out of.

    Absolutely serious – four lessons that affect us:

    1) There is more wisdom in the team than the individual.
    2) There is more value in people than our blinders let us see. You have to talk to understand.
    3) The most profound line in any movie I’ve seen – Question “Why are you being nice to me”, Answer “Because you are letting me”.
    4) Put a mean self centered person into a critical process, the system may go to hell. The corollary to this is put a wrong person in charge, it saps the energy of the team and diverts their activity to something other than what is wanted.

    You shouldn’t let me know you are so easy to distress, I just might divert my energy to distressing you. You know – path of least resistance. ;-)

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    #192593

    MBBinWI
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    @garyacone – it would take more than that to really distress me (and I’m sure you could find more productive pursuits for both of us). I think that I have some sort of allergic reaction to Judd Nelson. I mean, the part where Allison scratches her head to get the dandruff out, totally gross.

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    #192597

    Gary Cone
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    @MBBinWI – I agree on the Allison part, pretty gross.

    And yes I do have more productive pursuits and would not target you if I didn’t. Now that Darth guy, I have an allergic reaction to him.

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    #192603

    MBBinWI
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    @Darth – Where you been hiding?

    I totally agree with MPHG, but with the sensitivities there are out there today, avoid using it for illustrative purposes.

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    #192604

    Gary Cone
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    I agree with Monty Python as well. Been a fan since the Flying Circus days. John Cleese had his advertising company located in Northbrook, IL in the late 80’s and we would see him at lunch occasionally. Not as funny on the streets of Illinois.

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    #192607

    Joan Ambrose
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    @garyacone I LOVE that you shared your perspective on The Breakfast Club. How surprising! It’s a perfect example of your second point on why you liked the film.

    I had an Allison in one of my classes last year. (I called her an Eeyore, but I think Allison is more fitting.) I like to think that a couple of her best days at the Bakery up to that point, were in the class. I think many of the people in that class saw each other very differently after their experience together.

    This past Monday, I picked up A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business. Each time I pick it up to read a little more, I wonder how I could have set it aside for six months! Ari really comes through in his writing, which is a great pleasure. It is an incredible book! (He is an incredible person. He is so brilliant, well-read, . . .!) Thank you! Your fourth Breakfast Club point brought to mind Ari’s refreshing and energizing focus on the importance and impact of the people in the organization, including himself.

    That dishwasher job at Zingerman’s sounds more appealing every day.

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    #192608

    Gary Cone
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    @joanambrose Ari can be seen many nights a week busing tables at the Roadhouse. I want to do that job.

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    #192609

    Joan Ambrose
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    @garyacone You might have to fight me for it! Or, perhaps we could jobshare!?

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    #192610

    MBBinWI
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    Ari exhibits the humility of ownership. He cares enough to do whatever is necessary to ensure the enterprise is successful. Rarely will you see C-suite suits doing the same in their organizations. When you do, you see the passion of which was identified earlier.

    Oh, by the way, as a former busboy, I always tip them.

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