Where Lean Leadership Begins
As with all lean practice, leadership begins with grasping the current state. For lean leaders that means understanding the external business environment, the organization’s internal environment, and our own capabilities, according to LEI CEO John Shook. “Lean thinking teaches us that we are all leaders,” Shook said. “We are all teaching all the time, and we are all leading all the time by example. “
Looking to develop your core leadership skills ? Here are some more resources:
- New!Lean Leadership for Executives
- Transformational Leadership: An Experiential Program for Lean Leaders
- Getting the Right Things Done
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- Lean Leadership Series
- An interview with Gary Convis on A3 thinking and lean leadership
- Anatomy of a Lean Leader (Introduction)
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Change Agent Skills for Lean Implementation Leaders
Learn how to lead others to and through implementation of lean change activities by persuasion, influence, demonstration, negotiation, and teaching.
Leading in a Continuous Improvement Culture: Engaging and Coaching Problem Solving Thinkers
This program is designed to describe this new role you can play as a leader in a program solving culture. It will also introduce skills that will help you be effective in that role and give you opportunities to practice them.
Is Lean Thinking Art or Science? Yes
Calling the recent book Lean Conversations a landmark initiative on lean and the arts, John Shook observes that "If Jean Cocteau’s famous observation that 'art is science made clear' has meaning, we can all benefit from further exploration of the relationship between lean thinking and art & science."
Lean Production Begins with LPPD
To create a "turbo-charged product-creating machine, start by designing clear processes with useful tools and a “people first” culture--which form a socio-technical system underpinned by deep principles.
Standardized Work or Kaizen? Yes
Some lean folks LOVE to quote the Taiichi Ohno observation that “there is no kaizen without standards," notes John Shook, adding that it is less noted but equally true that “there is no maintenance of standards without kaizen.”