LEI publishes books on lean management and stories of transformation. Authors include Jim Womack, John Shook, Mike Rother, Michael Ballé, and more. Publications like Managing to Learn, Learning to See, Gemba Walks, and Lead With Respect have become industry standards.
Welcome Problems, Find Success – Creating Toyota Cultures Around the World
In this book, author Nate Furuta, former chair and CEO of Toyota Boshoku America Inc., shares his decades of experience directly leading the establishment of Toyota cultures outside Japan. Welcome Problems, Find Success: Building Toyota Cultures Aroundthe World describes the kaizen culture within Toyota that drove its success, and the relentless search for problems that emanated from that culture. You will learn about systems and techniques Toyota successfully used to find significant problems, and develop and sustain kaizen cultures at new global operations as they were growing.View book
The Toyota Way of Dantotsu Radical Quality Improvement (Paperback)
In Japanese, “dantotsu” means “extreme,” “radical,” or “unparalleled.” Toyota veteran Sadao Nomura shares the story of the dramatic improvement he and his team achieved at Toyota Logistics & Forklift (TL&F). A ground breaking book with powerful visuals and detailed account of an approach that is entirely replicable by any manufacturer. If the best can get (extremely) better, so can we!View book
Transforming frontline operations in a retail chain the size of Starbucks is a story in itself. This book goes further, investigating how lean thinking addressed huge demand fluctuation in a retail environment across thousands of stores, and then how baristas and managers in Newtown, Connecticut used that system to get them through the worst week imaginable. It is a deeply personal story with global relevance.View ebook