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The Key to a Successful Lean Journey? Leadership!

Woolley, Kurt
Kurt Woolley, strategic program manager, Intel Corp., offers a figure that 60% of lean transformations fail, but admits the exact number is debatable. The point is that many companies abandon the effort despite the wealth of resources including books, articles, consulting, and more. He asserts that the missing resources is strong leadership then explains what that means. His explanation includes values, behaviors -- including humility -- and how to teach them to the organization. Finally, he identifies four critical duties for lean leaders. (Published by IndustryWeek, Aug. 26, 2008.)