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The Gold Mine Trilogy Study Guide
The Gold Mine Trilogy Study Guide
by Michael Ballé and Tom Ehrenfeld
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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.

Publisher:  Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc.
ISBN-13:  978-1-934109-50-2
ISBN-10:  1-934109-50-2
SKU:  9502
Publication Date:  October 12, 2015
Number of Pages:  144
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Michael Ballé

Michael Ballé, PhD, is a lean management practitioner, business writer, and author. His most recent book, co-authored with father Freddy Ballé, is Lead With Respect: A Novel of Lean Practice, published by the Lean Enterprise Institute.

They're co-authors of two earlier Shingo Research Award-winning business novels about lean management. The Gold Mine tells how lean concepts turn around a failing plant. The Lean Manage describes the conversion to a complete lean business system. Michael also writes the Gemba Coach column at http://www.lean.org/balle

For the past 20+ years, he has studied first-hand lean transformations, helping companies and people in fields such as manufacturing, engineering, construction, services, and healthcare make the transition to different ways of working and managing.

As a managing partner of ESG Consultants, Ballé coaches executives on how to obtain exceptional performance through lean tools, principles, and different management attitudes. His main coaching technique is the "real place visit," where he helps senior executives learn how to really see their own shop floors, teach people the spirit of kaizen, and reach the right conclusions for the whole business.

An engaging and colorful public speaker, Ballé also is an experienced workshop facilitator, an associate researcher at Télécom ParisTech's Projet Lean Enterprise, and co-founder of the French Lean Institute. Ballé holds a doctorate from the Sorbonne in Social Sciences and Knowledge Sciences. He is co-founder of the Project Lean Entreprise and the Instituet Lean France.

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