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.
What are the Three A's of the A3?
John Shook explains the three A's of the A3 in this video clip from the presentation that he and Lisa Yerian, chief improvement officer at Cleveland Clinic, delivered at LEI's Virtual Learning Experience.
Are You Ready for the Next Crisis?
We think the presence of a robust, socio-technically balanced lean management and operating system—based on the Lean Transformation Framework—was invaluable in helping Cleveland Clinic handle the challenges arising from the pandemic, write John Shook and Lisa Yerian.
Jidoka Supports Leaders Who Welcome Problems with John Shook
In this clip from last year's Virtual Learning Experience, LEI Senior Advisor John Shook explains the socio-technical system of Jidoka, where the human and machine work are separated and allocated with purpose, and how this lean pillar supports the lean ideal of "respect for people."