The Work of Management
A practical and inspiring story of personal transformation as a leader and an in-depth, business case study of Lantech’s lean transformation.
The Work of Management
A Daily Path to Sustainable Improvement

20 year ago Lantech was featured in the book Lean Thinking. This is a candid look at CEO Jim Lancaster's personal transformation as a leader and an in-depth, business case study of Lantech’s lean transformation.

This book not only details the great results from daily management, but goes beyond that to show how to engage your team.

Technology-Driven Improvement Initiatives (and Other Amazing Magic Tricks)
"In my experience, projects based on the scientific method are more likely to succeed than projects focused primarily on Information Technology (IT) improvements," writes Tim Kane. Why is this so? Kane cites two real-life scenarios that led him to this conclusion. Read more.
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Lean Healthcare Summit

The 2017 Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit will be held June 7-8, 2017 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palms Springs, California.

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Lean Coaching Summit

The Lean Coaching Community will gather in Austin, TX July 19-20, 2017. The agenda and team of experienced coaches will be released in the coming weeks, all centered around this year's theme, "Practice. Practice. Practice."

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Training in Fundamental & Advanced Lean Concepts

Come to LEI’s gemba for in-person, in-depth training:

Practicing Lean Fundamentals in an Office Environment, May 2-3, at LEI. Learn more & register.

Integrating Visual Management Tools & Leader Standard Work May 4-5, at LEI. Get details & register.

Strategy Deployment and Alignment through Hoshin, May 16-17 Learn more.

How to Coach Past Resistance to Accelerate the Rate of Change

Learn why motivational interviewing, developed to treat people with non-chemical dependencies, can ween associates and manager off an “addiction to the status quo."

The Future of Continuous Improvement

"Do not feel absolutely certain of anything."

(From: Bertrand Russell's Ten
Commandments of Teaching)

Book Clubs Help Agricultural Company Cultivate Lean Culture

Two continuous improvement leaders explain how they successfully use book clubs to spread a common understanding of lean management at a large company with multiple sites. They describe their book club process and offer startup tips to CI professionals or other leaders who want to organize business book clubs.

What’s your opinion on setting specific criteria before brainstorming countermeasures?
Michael Ballé I’m thinking of criteria that create a challenge, but stimulate a creative solution, e.g. cost (no money, or keep within budget) ...
Official online publication of the Lean Global Network

What Would Lean Trade Look Like?
by Jim Womack

Between the upcoming Brexit negotiations and the protectionist stance of the new US Administration, trade is making the headlines once again. But what would trade look like in a world of lean organizations?

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.

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In Partnership with UMass Online
Seattle, WA – April 24-27, 2017
Cambridge, MA – May 2-5, 2017
Cambridge, MA – May 16-17, 2017
Chicago (Schaumburg), IL – May 23-25, 2017
Palm Springs, CA – June 5-6, 2017

Catalysis and the Lean Enterprise Institute are collaborating to offer workshops in connection with the 2017 Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit.

These pre-summit workshops, offered June 5th and 6th, are in-depth programs that will help move you beyond individual "tools" and isolated improvement projects to build leadership capabilities and develop management skills needed to create the complete lean enterprise and a culture of problem solving.

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Hannon, ON – June 13-14, 2017
Rochester, NH – June 13-15, 2017
Memphis, TN – June 20-22, 2017
Cambridge, MA – August 15-18, 2017
Cambridge, MA – November 7-9, 2017
Cambridge, MA – December 5-7, 2017