Lean Leadership Series
The challenges of leading and sustaining lean transformations.
And where do I start?

Rooted in Purpose, Process, and respect for People, lean is about creating the most value for the customer, while minimizing resources, time, energy, and effort used.

Profit and Cost At Toyota
Fresh off a tour of Japan where she observed how Toyota talks about costs and profit on the shop floor, LEI Chairperson Jean Cunningham shares thoughts and urges others to learn the language of financial outcomes. "Let’s learn the language of financial outcomes. Let’s conserve energy and benefit from the environmental improvements that lean offers by reducing waste of all kinds."
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Stories to inspire, learn and teach others

Books on lean thinking and practice, management, instruction, and stories of transformation.

Publications like Managing to Learn, Learning to See, Gemba Walks, and Lead With Respect have become industry standards.

July 31-Aug 1 | Jekyll Island, GA

We hope you will join us on the island as we bake in the sun and cook up a discussion about engaging the heart and the mind through lean coaching.

You'll hear from a business owner and executive chef about their own head and heart calculations, developed through being coached and coaching others. We will also spend time with the heads and hearts of a diverse group of business leaders and advisors, learning their views of the equation and how they work through it practically.

Invest in creating a learning culture

In-person, in-depth training at LEI build skills in fundamental and advanced lean principles. Enroll yourself and your team today!

James P. Womack Scholarship & Philanthropy Fund

Problem: There aren’t enough lean practitioners nor successful lean transformations.

Our proposed countermeasure is to create a fund – named after our founding CEO – to develop the next generation of lean practitioners, scale up the number of transformations, and improve people’s lives. We’ll begin testing our hypothesis this summer.

Should A3s be used for solving organizational or technical problems?
Michael Ballé Dear Gemba Coach,  Should A3s be used for solving organizational or technical problems?
VSM and Toyota Kata
Give us 20 years and we'll learn a lot! This month's Kata SlideShare features perspectives from Mike Rother and Jeff Liker on the 20th Anniversary of the 'Learning to See' book. Useful input for anyone who utilizes VSM.