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Michael Ballé

Michael Ballé, Ph.D., is a business writer and executive coach and has studied lean transformations for the past twenty years. He is Associate Researcher at Télécom ParisTech's Projet Lean Enterprise and the co-founder of the www.institut-lean-france.fr.

Freddy Ballé


Freddy Ballé started visiting Toyota plants in Japan in the mid-1970s while head of product planning and later manufacturing engineering at Renault, where he worked for 30 years. Upon leaving Renault, he pioneered the full lean system implementation at Valeo as Technical Vice President, then at Sommer-Allibert as CEO, and later at Faurecia as Technical Vice President. With his son Michael, he has founded ESG Consultants to advise CEOs and senior executives on making lean transformation as described in Lead With Respect.

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Read the first two books in the Ballè Series
The Gold Mind
The Gold Mine

The Gold Mine deftly weaves together the technical and human pieces of implementing lean manufacturing in an engaging story that readers will find both compelling and instructive. Learn more »

The Lean Manager
The Lean Manager

The Lean Manager: A Novel of Lean Transformation reveals how individuals can go beyond the short-term gains from tools, and realize a deeper, sustainable path of improvement Learn more »

Gemba Coach Column

Michael Ballé answers your questions about leadership, culture change, A3 thinking and more.

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