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Change Management: Is it Necessary?
By: Katrina Appell | March 2, 2016
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"There are varying views on the role of change management in a lean transformation," writes Katrina Appell. In her latest blog, she evaluates the opposing viewpoints and offers a viewpoint of her own for good measure. Read more. More »
Ask Art: What Do You Look At in a "Pre-lean" Company?
By: Art Byrne | June 23, 2021
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Art Byrne identifies factors such as excess inventory and floor space, long turnaround times, and numerous other elements to study when considering the long-term value of "pre-lean" companies. More »
Ask Art: Why Switch from Batch to Lean?
By: Art Byrne | May 19, 2021
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Switching from batch production to a complete lean enterprise produces benefits far beyond immediate financial results, argues Art Byrne. Read this for details on your potential gains. More »
Ask Art: How Can I Ensure the Participation of Top Management?
By: Art Byrne | April 13, 2021
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Always keep in mind that to be successful with lean, senior management must drive the change, says lean veteran Art Byrne. He shares evidence of how this evidence has helped him lead numerous lean turnarounds. More »
It's Time to See JIT as A Hero Rather than A Villain
By: Ken Eakin | April 8, 2021
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Lean and JIT production have never been the primary causes of materials in the world's supply chains reported over the past year, says Ken Eakin. He explains the true nature of JIT and suggests that it can in fact support powerful solutions that are far more resilient and efficient than we have today. More »
10 Principles for Lean Leadership
By: Isao Yoshino | April 6, 2021
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These ten simple yet powerful leadership principles developed by Isao Yoshino provide wise guidance for any lean practitioner seeking a path of learning and improvement. More »
Form A Bold Strategy for Uncertain Times
By: Jeffrey Liker | April 5, 2021
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Jeff Liker shares a competing values model to help you assess your strategy and focus your operational practices on flawless execution of this path. More »
How Stalwart Lean Leadership and Classic Lean Practices Yield Operational and Clinical Excellence
By: Alice Lee | March 30, 2021
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Organizations can achieve the seemingly impossible when they have steadfast lean leadership, a sharp focus on purpose, and experience applying "classic" lean thinking and practice. Here's an example. More »
Are You Ready for the Next Crisis?
By: John Shook and Lisa Yerian, M.D. | March 2, 2021
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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. More »
What's Your Lean Origin Story? And Why Does It Matter?
By: Josh Howell | February 16, 2021
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"I’m wondering, as a leader and a coach, how can I help others develop similar routines, propagating, for example, the principle of 'work/er first' or 'work/er-back,'" says LEI's Josh Howell. "Reflecting on that has taken me all the way back to my 'lean origin story.  '" More »
Building A Diverse and Capable Workforce from The Bottom Up
By: Mark Reich and Adrienne Trimble | February 2, 2021
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LEI's Mark Reich and NMSDC's Adrienne Trimble argue that integrating a lean philosophy into operations and standards seems to be a natural fit for NMSDC’s MBE community, which is using lean practices to be more innovative and responsive to customers. More »
Ask Art: Why Are Leaps of Faith Involved in a Lean Turnaround?
By: Art Byrne | January 20, 2021
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Leaps of faith are not incidental associations with a lean turnaround; they are a basic requirement, argues lean veteran Art Byrne. More »
How the Hoshin Kanri Process Coupled with Coaching Drives Lean Transformation, Part 2
By: Laura Mottola | January 18, 2021
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Discover how a coach can help leaders execute a successful organizational transformation using the hoshin kanri process. More »
How the Hoshin Kanri Process Coupled with Coaching Drives Lean Transformation, Part 1
By: Laura Mottola | January 6, 2021
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Learn about some of the intangibles you'll need to know to execute an organizational transformation using hoshin kanri. More »
Lean-n-Food: Reimagining an Industry in Crisis
By: Karen Gaudet and Josh Howell | December 15, 2020
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What is a restaurant in the post-pandemic world? LEI's Karen Gaudet and Josh Howell are exploring this and other questions with an international group of industry leaders who are lean practitioners. Here they frame the current problem, and share the work of their team in tackling the daunting challenges. More »
Navigating a Lean Quality 4.0 Road Map
By: Andrew Quibell | November 16, 2020
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Lean thinking and practice has a great deal to offer when it comes to adjusting to Industry 4.  0, and in this article Andrew Quibell shares thoughts (and a sketch) on this topic More »
New Book, Becoming the Change, Shows that Real Organizational Change Is Personal
By: Kim Barnas and John Toussaint, MD | September 22, 2020
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Learn the cause of and cure for healthcare improvements that relapse to the old ways of working. Kim Barnes, Catalysis CEO, and John Toussaint, MD, demonstrate in their new book, Becoming the Change, that the problem is CEOs, boards, and executive teams who are disconnected from improvement work. The cure is for leaders to fundamentally change how they behave toward people. In other words, they must become the change. More »
Ask Art: What Was Danaher Like In the Early Days of Lean?
By: Art Byrne | September 17, 2020
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In this personal account of launching lean at Danaher, Art Byrne shares a wealth of insights into how to seed an enduring lean culture and business system. More »
How Menlo's Virtual Teams Are Lighting the Way Forward
By: Richard Sheridan | September 2, 2020
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While Menlo Software continues to adjust to the never-ending changes caused by COVID-19, founder Rich Sheridan takes solace that they are teeing up these challenges as a team, figuring it out together, and continuing to work with each other across boundaries. More »
How to Build Resilience Through Sustained Lean Practice
By: Lean Leaper | August 31, 2020
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As the upcoming virtual lean learning experience shows, lean thrives when the individuals using this learning and improvement method leverage its power for long term growth. More »
Tapping Technology to Boost the Power of Lean: A Talk with Jeff Liker and Jim Morgan
By: Lean Leaper | August 24, 2020
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What principles should guide lean thinkers as they introduce digital tools into their work? How about people, processes, and purpose, say Jeff Liker and Jim Morgan in this WLEI podcast with host Tom Ehrenfeld. More »
Changing Routines
By: Josh Howell | August 18, 2020
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In this article exploring ways to help lead positive change, Josh Howell asks: is pursuing understanding and conviction part of your influence or change model? Does your operating system enable it at the frontline, closest to the customer? And if not, what are the consequences? More »
5 Guiding Principles to Accelerate Your Lean Transformation
By: Alice Lee | July 27, 2020
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Chief architects for lean transformation have been seeking effective ways of realizing tangible gains for years, says Senior Coach Alice Lee. She shares how a global team of Lean Coaches came to see themselves as "tailors" offering guidelines for Chief Architects in any organization to adapt to their situation. More »
Why We Believe Tough Times and Opportunity Go Hand in Hand
By: Lean Sensei Women | July 1, 2020
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In this detailed set of suggestions for managing the current challenges posed by Covid-19, Rose Heathcote and the Lean Sensei Women focus on leveraging assets in these cash-strapped times: "How we handle the crisis is a defining moment. How we prepare for life after the crisis is vital.  " More »
Learning to Face Challenges with Agility and Resilience
By: Steven Spear | June 26, 2020
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In this excerpt from his book The High-Velocity Edge, Steven Spear explains how Toyota managed to adapt quickly to a catastrophic fire at one of its suppliers. He emphasizes that the company's internal qualities can benefit all companies seeking to be responsive to today's challenges. More »
Why Managing Emotions at Work Matters
By: Susan David | June 22, 2020
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True effectiveness in the workplace – innovation, change, enhanced customer experience - requires an acknowledgement of how emotions interface with outcomes, says author Susan David. It is when emotions are acknowledged and brought into organizational processes, rather than being sidelined, that the full power of human intellect and possibility is realized. More »
How to Fail At Lean in Four Easy Steps
By: Regis Medina | June 19, 2020
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Nobody wants to fail at lean, to be sure. Author Regis Medina calls our four surefire ways to achieve this goal, and suggests a more productive way of thinking moving forward. More »
Now is the Time for Resilience and Adaptability!
By: Sandrine Olivencia | June 12, 2020
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People and organizations can create the conditions for building their own resilience by drawing from TPS, the Thinking People System, says Sandrine Olivencia. But for this to work, leaders still need to put in the necessary energy: the will to examine the facts as they are and to give their teams the space for experimenting and making their contributions. More »
Pivoting Just-In-Time with Hoshin Kanri at Toyota
By: Mark Reich | June 2, 2020
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Learn about the power of hoshin kanri, a systematic approach to defining a strategy and, more importantly, a management system that engages all people to support that strategy while building horizontal and vertical alignment. More »
Pursuing Dreams, Facing Reality
By: Richard Sheridan | May 11, 2020
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In this letter shared to his fellow Menloians, Rich Sheridan acknowledges the new reality they all must fact, and commits to making the most with the time that is given to all of them. More »
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