WLEI the Official Podcast of the Lean Enterprise Institute
Hear lean thought leaders sharing their thoughts on lean and current events.
Introduction to Problem Solving

Level set lean training for your team easily, quickly, and cost effectively.

Lean Transformation? Not Buying It
Companies often describe their transformation efforts in terms of an end-state: focusing on targeted results. They see transformation as a noun--a specific target or condition they wish to attain at a point in time. This paradigm prevents them from viewing transformation as a verb - a way of being they need to live every day.
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LEI Executive Chairman John Shook is a lean management thought leader and award-winning author of groundbreaking books and articles on lean thinking and practice.

In this archive of articles and e-letters, he offers insights and reflections on leadership, coaching, innovation, using A3s, the changing nature of work, and a variety of topics central to successful lean transformations.

Does it matter if we call lean "lean"?
Michael Ballé Dear Gemba Coach,If it works, why worry if it’s called lean, operational excellence, or the company’s excellence system? As long as we get results, what does it matter?
The Way to Lean

The Gold Mine Trilogy Study Guide and book set were designed to support group learning by book clubs and teams.

The guide and set together lay out a natural path for you and your teams to follow to improve lean thinking and practice together as you progress through the trilogy of The Gold Mine, The Lean Manager, and, most recently, Lead With Respect.

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Training Strengthens Your Learning Culture

Read the descriptions to see what makes these practical, how-to workshops unique:

Oct 23: Understanding Lean Transformation

Oct 24: Strategy Deployment and Alignment through Hoshin

Nov. 1-2: New! Building a Lean Operating & Management System

Lean Product & Process Development

Learn how companies are using Lean Product & Process Development (LPPD) to create a sustainable system for consistently delivering great products and profitable value streams.

Want to learn more? Visit our LPPD community page.

Official online publication of the Lean Global Network

Womacks's Yokoten: What does a lean employer look like? In this month’s column, the author reflects on the long-term commitment to employees a company engaged in lean thinking should make.

Discover the Missing Piece to Lean Management Sustainability -- and Profitability

Jim Lancaster, Lantech CEO, candidly describes what the erstwhile “kings of kaizen” did to revive a wilting continuous improvement effort – that quadrupled profits – by introducing a daily management system rooted in maintaining basic process stability and engaging people at all levels. Includes a bonus follow-up Q&A with Jim.

VSM + TK: Navigating to your desired future

A short video by emsstrategies.com to address the issue that once you've drawn a future-state map, how do you effectively move from current to future state? We need a sense of direction or challenge, which VSM can help provide, but we also need some scientific-thinking skills for navigating our way there. VSM is a way to define direction, and practicing Toyota Kata develops your skills to get there.

In Partnership with the Isenberg School of Management
Carol Stream, IL – October 10-11, 2018
Boston, MA – October 23-25, 2018
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