Lean Leadership: a continuing series of interviews with senior executives on how they lead in a lean culture
In a continuing series of articles on the challenges of leading and sustaining lean transformations, the Lean Enterprise Institute will interview executives from a variety of companies to learn how they changed the ways they managed and led in order to create lean cultures. Here are the interviews to date in alphabetical order:
- Dan Ariens, CEO of Ariens Co
- Gary Berndt, C-level executive at automotive, food, building products, power generation, and aeronautics companies
- Jack Billi, M.D., associate dean and associate vice president for medical affairs University of Michigan Medical School
- Derek Browning, lean deployment executive, LeanCor
- C.J. Buck, CEO of Buck Knives
- Jerry Bussell, co-founder of the Jacksonville Lean Consortium and former vice president of Global Operations at Medtronic Surgical Technologies
- Robert Chapman, chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller
- Thomas Hartman, Senior Director, Autoliv Americas
- Bill Hopkins, Akron Children’s Hospital board member and former vice president, technology/strategic initiatives, at Goodyear
- Michael Hoseus, co-author with Jeffrey Liker of Toyota Culture; former general manager at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, KY
- Jay Johnson, president, Plumbers Supply Company
- Hank McHale, manufacturing CEO
- Gary Peterson, executive vice president, supply chain and production, O.C. Tanner
- Chris Vogel, senior vice president, Wells Fargo Home and Consumer Finance
- Karl Wadensten, president, VIBCO
- John Wilson, executive vice president of manufacturing, New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc
- Lisa Yerian, MD, director of Hepatobiliary Pathology, medical director of continuous improvement, Cleveland Clinic
- Joel Zeller, director of logistics for Polaris Industries and Robert Martichenko, LEI faculty member
Other relevant links:
Lean Leadership: Through the Transformation and Beyond
The purpose of this interactive one-day program is to facilitate a discussion with senior leaders about the challenges and obstacles they face implementing change relative to the lean transformation. The program will further address the roles, responsibilities and competencies of senior leaders that support the implementation of lean.
Are These Two Non-learning Trends Hurting Your Company Culture?
The beating heart of continuous improvement is learning, concludes author and product development executive Jim Morgan, who has done pioneering work researching and implementing lean product development. But he sees two disturbing “nonlearning” trends that, if present in your culture, will hamstring any improvement efforts.
From Troubleshooting a Leaky Toilet Flapper to Innovating the Internet, a Comprehensive Problem-Solving Framework
Arriving at his hotel after midnight, author and business consultant Art Smalley just wanted to get some sleep before his keynote presentation later that day. But Smalley, whose latest book on #lean management is "Four Types of Problems," first had to solve a problem.
Perspectives of a Chief Engineer on Starting and Sustaining Lean Product and Process Development
Steve Shoemaker, general manager at Caterpillar Inc., first applied lean product and process development (LPPD) practices as the chief engineer on a new platform of next-generation hydraulic excavators, overseeing the new product from concept to production. He shared his insights on applying LPPD principles, how to sustain them, and leading teams of engineers with LEI Communications Director Chet Marchwinski at the annual Designing the Future Summit.