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Jacob Stoller

Jacob Stoller

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Jacob Stoller is an author, speaker, consultant, and ghostwriter specializing in strategic management and communication. He is the author of The Lean CEO, winner of the Shingo Publication Award, a comprehensive analysis of the senior management challenges in lean adoption based on in-depth interviews with 28 lean-practicing CEOs.

A frequent commentator in the business press, Jacob has delivered a variety of keynote speeches and learning events in the US, Canada, and Europe, and authored reports, training materials, and other corporate documents for clients such as Kaizen Institute, Microsoft, Dell Computer, Staples, Pitney Bowes, International Data Corporation (IDC), CMA Canada, and the Conference Board of Canada. Read his management articles at www.jacobstoller.com.

Articles by Jacob Stoller
Out of Fertile "Pre-Lean" Soil Bloom Lean Leaders
A new generation of leaders varies in individual styles but shares common beliefs that create a foundation for successful lean transformations, collectively identified here as “pre-lean thinking.  ” More »
Fixing Lean’s “Sales” Problem
When companies begin lean transformations, IT systems too often are viewed as obstacles. So, some lean thinkers may view Jacob Stoller, author of The Lean CEO, as having a checkered past. He used to sell IT systems. But the experience of selling to CEOs gave him a valuable skill that lean practitioners can borrow: how to sell to senior management. Here, perhaps as a way of making amends for his past life, he shares practical tips for selling lean. More »
Organization Follows a Lean-like Vision for Eradicating Poverty
Meet the anti-poverty movement's Taiichi Ohno. More »