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Learning to Help Anna Elevate Her Game
By: Jeff Smith | March 4, 2019
Columns
Anna was trained by NUMMI to identify and solve challenges via experiments with her team, notes Jeff Smith, sharing a story from NUMMI; she had been trained to set up jobs, build racks for parts, and more.  Yet evidently what she needed to resolve the issue at hand was a little practical understanding/physical help and space to think while being relaxed and not emotionally wound up. More »
Learning a New Skill II - The Learning Curve
By: Mike Boyd | January 14, 2019
Presentations
This month's 10-minute TK video (by Mike Boyd and his wife) is a clever visual description of the typical learning curve we go through in acquiring any new skill – whether it's juggling, or practicing Starter Kata for scientific thinking. Skip the ad at the end. More »
Learning a New Skill
By: Mike Boyd | November 12, 2018
Presentations
This month's 5-minute TK video is about deliberate practice for learning new skills. Specifically, Mike Boyd summarizes tips from his practice, which line up perfectly with Toyota Kata. Enjoy, and, well, feel the burn as you learn. More »
Learning to Teach the Soft Side of Lean
By: Tracey Richardson | April 23, 2018
Columns
If there’s one common theme among virtually any failed effort, it boils to a failure to engage people in the purpose, says Tracey Richardson. That's why before any industry or functional area attempts (beyond manufacturing) to learn lean thinking, the people leading the work must gain the mutual trust and respect from your workers by walking the walk. More »
Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn
By: Eric Buehrens and Alice Lee | January 18, 2018
Columns
Hear how a personal lean transformation supported a crucial organizational transformation following a financial crisis at a large medical center. In this unique Lean Talk, Alice Lee and Eric Buehrens revisit Eric’s lean journey to discuss its challenges and successes. More »
Learning from John Wooden: Everyone Is a Teacher & a Coach
By: John Y. Shook | July 30, 2014
Columns
John Wooden was arguably the most successful, probably the most influential, and certainly the most studied coach in the history of US sports. Learn why his coaching was so effective and what it means for lean thinking and practice. More »
Learning Through Struggle
By: Danielle Blais | March 25, 2014
Columns
LEI coach Danielle Blais reflects on one of the most frustrating (and ultimately, most rewarding) coaching moments she's experienced so far in her career. More »
LEARNING HOW TO LEARN
By: By Meryl Runion Rose | June 14, 2012
Presentations
Meryl Runion (creator of the SpeakStrong series of books) has a nice way of making things clear and understandable. This SlideShare is no exception. More »
Learning to See / Seeing the Whole Value Stream Set
By: Dan Jones, Mike Rother, John Shook, Jim Womack | October 25, 2011
Books
This is a special discounted combination package of the classics Learning to See and Seeing the Whole Value Stream. More »
Learning to Manage
By: Womack, Jim | January 22, 2009
Columns; eLetters
My colleague John Shook has recently written a wonderful book for LEI about "managing to learn". By this he means the method of discovery that lean managers use to deploy initiatives from higher organizational levels, solve problems at their organizational level, and evaluate proposals from lower organizational levels. By using this method at every level on a continuing basis, organizations truly learn how to learn while creating ever better managers. More »
Are These Two Non-learning Trends Hurting Your Company Culture?
By: Chet Marchwinski | January 8, 2020
Columns
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. More »
Frame the Work For Safety and Learning
By: Amy C. Edmondson | November 15, 2019
Columns
The most important skill to master as a leader is that of framing the work, says Harvard Business School Professor Amy Edmondson. Frames consist of assumptions or beliefs that we layer onto reality. All of us frame objects and situations automatically. Great leaders understand this and manage frames intentionally. More »
A Matchless Learning Opportunity for Executives and Leaders
July 31, 2019
Articles
Spend 5 intense days observing and learning from operations at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Toyota supplier Summit Polymers, and GE Appliances at our Kentucky Lean Leadership Tour. Shop-floor walks are followed by facilitated reflection and roundtable discussions, led by this outstanding team of experienced coaches. More »
Kanban As A Learning Strategy
By: Michael Ballé, Jacques Chaize, Orest (Orry) Fiume and Daniel T. Jones | March 22, 2019
Columns
Toyota’s Kanban legacy—and its underlying ideas—have far more direct lineage with today’s digital economy than most folks realize; and capture the core elements of the disruptive lean strategy fueling many of today’s successes. More »
Why We Believe People-Free Plants and Services Prevent Learning
By: Lean Sensei Women | December 19, 2018
Columns
We (Lean Sensei Women) are a group of women from different continents, horizons, and professions who share a commitment to the development of people. We believe that people-free services and plant floors prevent meaningful learning from happening, and that digital systems will always require people and the capacity for human learning. More »
Double Loop Learning at Kongsberg Maritime
By: Daryl Powell and Eivind Reke | October 18, 2018
Columns
Kongsberg Maritime, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Norwegian-based Kongsberg Group, tapped into a Kyoryokukai, or network for supplier innovation, to create a space for single--and double--loop learning for its members. More »
Lean 101 Learning Path
June 14, 2018
Articles; Forms and Templates
New to Lean Thinking & Practice and not sure where to start? Try LEI's Lean 101 Learning Path to help guide your learning. More »
Valuing The Tradition of Learning and Sharing Lean: a new WLEI Podcast
By: Lean Leaper | April 11, 2018
Columns
This new WLEI podcast, recorded live at the 2018 summit, features a panel discussion with Jim Womack and three lean converts on the value of sharing and learning lean. More »
When Do You Stop Learning?
By: Orest (Orry) Fiume | May 23, 2017
Columns
Lean is about learning continuously and asking the right questions, not just providing answers. But, Orry Fiume wonders, does the learning ever stop? Do we ever reach a point in our development where we transition from a learner to a decision-maker? Find out the answer. More »
PDCA, BML, TMC: Learning Lean From Lean
By: Matthew Savas | August 7, 2014
Columns
"Lean, Lean UX, and Lean Startup – there' a lot of 'lean' out there," writes Matthew Savas. "Is this good or bad?" What's most important, Savas says, is an allegiance to true PDCA. What do you think? More »
Why Skill-Based Learning is Harder Than You Think
By: Joel Gross | August 1, 2014
Columns
Lean practitioner Joel Gross explains why skill-based learning (like learning how to problem solve using PDSA) requires active, hands-on practice with consistent, meaningful, and timely feedback from an outside source. More »
TWO MINDSET OBSTACLES TO EFFECTIVE LEARNING
By: By Carrington, Costantino, Liker, Rother | July 24, 2014
Presentations
This SlideShare looks at two common mindsets that can prevent us from learning new skills. A team or organization that wants to develop a culture of continuous improvement will do well to use some structured practice routines -- Kata -- for developing people's scientific skills, especially at the beginning. More »
How Teaming Produces Execution-as-Learning
By: Amy C. Edmondson | May 22, 2014
Columns
Amy C. Edmonson, Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, shares a concept she calls "teaming", a way of working that brings people together to generate new ideas, find answers, and solve problems across boundaries. More »
Facilitating Reflection for Learning and Improvement
Workshops
This program will explore the nature and importance of reflection and give you opportunities to learn and practice the basic skills for leading the process of reflection. As with the other programs in the Skills for Coaching to Develop sequence, the focus will be on using humble inquiry questioning to facilitate others in reflecting. More »
Five Revolutions Into the Lean Journey: What's Next?
By: Daniel T. Jones | May 25, 2020
Columns
The current pandemic serves as an opportunity for us to rethink the world of enterprise (and more), says Dan Jones. He reflects on five lean revolutions, and he explores how, once Covid-19 passes, lean may continue to shape mindful and purposeful enterprise. More »
The Sanity of Just-in-Time
By: Michael Ballé, Jacques Chaize and Daniel T. Jones | May 8, 2020
Columns
Path dependence is the worst enemy of smart resolution, argue the authors, who suggest greater "frame control" with enabling tools such as just-in-time to respect people on the frontline and respect the facts they share about what is happening to them. "Mastering the path as opposed to being led by it, means looking up frequently to reevaluate both destination and way as new information comes to light.  " More »
What the Covid-Virus Can Teach Us About the Toyota Way
By: Jeffrey Liker | April 22, 2020
Columns
This is a time where people are coming together with a passion and common focus, says Jeff Liker. He shares lessons from Toyota and other lean practitioners to suggest ways that people and companies can take whatever opportunity they have to teach others how they can become a humane, high-performing organization. More »
Coping with COVID-19: Lessons from The Plague
By: John Y. Shook | March 25, 2020
Columns
In this time of pandemic, John Shook shares some ways this novel coronavirus is impacting him personally, noting "For Camus, hope is the enemy. But, from where I sit today (I may sit somewhere else or lie prone tomorrow), hope embodied in action is in itself medicinal. The most powerful medicine is to take caring action.  ” More »
Building the Mindset and Skillset to Improve from the Board Room to the Classroom
By: Pat Greco | March 4, 2020
Columns
Results matter, says Pat Greco; and yet, human systems require leaders to engage.   Here she discusses the way she and her team worked to apply lean for improvement at the School District of Menonomee Falls in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. More »
How Working In Oncology Has Reframed Failure and Success
By: Carlos Frederico Pinto | February 5, 2020
Columns
Doctor Carlos "Fred" Pinto and his colleagues at IOV in Brazil have learned that resilience emerges when applying lean thinking consistently to support better care for patients with cancer. More »
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