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Gemba Walks, 2nd Edition (audiobook)
Gemba Walks, 2nd Edition (audiobook)
by Jim Womack
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Read aloud by the author, Jim Womack.

Gemba Walks author and management expert Jim Womack reflects on both the past 30 years of lean and the current state of lean today. He has developed a method of going to visit the gemba at countless companies and keenly observing how people work together to create value. 

Gemba Walks shares Jim's insights on topics ranging from the application of specific lean tools, to the role of management in sustaining lean, as well as the long-term prospects for this fundamental way of creating value. He provides practical guidance for how leaders everywhere can realize the full benefits of a lean management system. 

In 12 new essays written for the 2nd edition, he shares his thoughts on how lean thinking and practice can make the world a better place in areas such as government and healthcare, and his hope for continued improvement on the path to better work and more value.

 

 

Womack explains:

  • whatever happened to Toyota and what happens next to lean?
  • how lean got its name 25 years ago; a special essay co-authored by Jim and John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motors America
  • work, management, and leadership—what is the real work of the lean leader?
  • don’t offshore or reshore—leanshore
  • why companies need fewer heroes and more farmers 
  • how “good” people who work in “bad” processes become as “bad” as the process itself
  • how the real practice of showing respect means helping workers frame and solve their own problems
  • how the short-term gains from lean tools can be translated to enduring change by lean management.
  • how the lean manager has a “restless desire to continually rethink the organization’s problems, probe their root causes, and lead experiments to test the best currently known countermeasures”

By sharing his personal path of discovery, Womack sheds new light on the continued adoption and development of the most important new business system of the past fifty years. His journey will provide courage and inspiration for every lean practitioner today.

Publisher:  Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc.
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