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The Gold Mine Trilogy Study Guide

Michael Ballé and his father Freddy have written three novels that form a trilogy of lean discovery. This companion study guide will help you and your team explore together the novels and their lean principles, tools, and insights to more deeply understand and adopt kaizen spirit into your daily work. Lean is very much a journey of learning—we hope this guide helps you navigate yours.

The guide is designed to work through the books one chapter at a time. The material is structured to support a regular cadence of team discussions. Each chapter section contains:

1. A chapter summary.
2. Author explanations of the significance of each chapter and how specific tools embody specific lean principles. 
3. Key ideas contained in the chapter. 
4. Reflection questions to guide your conversations.

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Gemba Coach Column

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

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The Gold Mine Trilogy
The Gold Mine
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 »


Lead With Respect
The Lean Manager

In Lead With Respect, authors Michael and Freddy Ballé reveal the true power of lean: developing people through a rigorous application of proven tools and methods. And, in the process, creating the only sustainable source of competitive advantage—a culture of continuous improvement. Learn more »

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