What Are the Lean Enterprise Institute and the Lean Global Network
John Shook, CEO of the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), describes LEI and the Lean Global Network, a group of 18 education-oriented nonprofits dedicated to spreading lean thinking. Shook was speaking at a meeting of the Lean Enterprise Institute Hungary, a network member.
At about 10:40 into the video, John summarizes lean management as a different way of thinking about work, not as cost cutting or shrinking the size of companies.
“Rather than just cutting cost, it’s properly understood as a way of thinking, said Shook.” Lean companies want everyone deeply engaged in solving company goals, which means giving customers what they want, when they want it, with minimum waste. It is that way of thinking that underlies the application of lean tools, such as 5S.
This way of thinking about work, which became known as lean manufacturing or lean management, developed at Toyota City as a series of experiments from about the mid-1930s until the mid-1970s. In the 1980s, Shook was the only American working there. “It was me and 70,000 Japanese trying to figure out how to transfer their production management system overseas.”
Thinking About the Why of the What of Problem-Solving
When we talk about problem-solving, what we’re really talking about here is creating adaptive capacity, the deep capability of an organization to tackle anything that comes its way, any obstacle that comes between you and where you want to go. Tackling problems one by one is what gives an organization capability for deep adaptability.
Surviving CEO Change, Evolving Through Culture and Being a Humble Leader
Dr. Mahaniah was kind enough to sit down with LEI’s Chairman, John Shook to talk about growing up in different cultures, from the Congonese to the Quakers, and how he became a CEO in an organization trying to become lean, and helped keep that movement going.
Mindfulness and Leading with Respect
Mindfulness is both more essential today than ever, and a foundation for organizational lean excellence. Here John Shook and Mike Orzen explore this theme. “The more lean thinking you do, the more mindfulness you’ll experience, and the more mindfulness you create, the more presence you’ll create…and the more lean thinking you’ll do.”