A Factory of One: Applying Lean Thinking to Improve Your Personal Performance (1 Day Class)
As lean moves out of the "tool age," leaders—managers, directors, executives — must invest more time in the critical work of lean leadership: going to the gemba to support value creators in their improvement work and coaching and mentoring teams to develop their problem solving capabilities. This ensures that all organizational processes continuously add value to customers.
Nevertheless, if you look around, you'll see legions of entrepreneurs, managers, executives and others who confuse activity with value creation. Their days are consumed with activities that customers don't care about and certainly won't want to pay for: HR training, pointless meetings, shuffling papers that litter their offices, scouring their hard drives and e-mail folder trees for important messages, writing and re-writing to-do lists — while procrastinating on the difficult or unpleasant tasks, correcting errors thatthey or their colleagues made. All of these are a manner of firefighting and crisis management.
If on top of this you add the demands of our increasingly complex communication world (i.e. instant messaging, phone calls, social media), it explains why most leaders struggle to find the time toeffectively perform their new roles and responsibilities. Communicating on all of these channels is a full-time job, often distracting and exhausting. Many leaders feel overburdened and overwhelmed, constantly asking themselves how they can free up time to do their REAL work.
What can leaders do to reduce their frustration as they juggle numerous responsibilities? How can they become more effective at leading their organizations and/or business units on the path of continuous improvement?
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