As you may know, I have been working for the last 13 years to understand the causes of why most executives resist or reject Lean management. My research has taken me down pathways that have never been reported in the Lean literature, culminating in three books published since 2018: The Triumph … [Read more...] about The Transformation of Lean
Archives for April 2020
Reflecting over the past four decades, I have had some interesting experiences with how people have viewed me in relation to my professional work. Somehow, and remarkably consistently, people formulate their views based on an imputation of motivations and intentions of professional goals and … [Read more...] about Appearance vs. Reality
Lately I've been speaking to many people from around the world about Lean leadership and Lean management. The conversations were very interesting and I have learned a lot. A common theme was that people are frustrated in their efforts to advance Lean in their organization. Some are doing well … [Read more...] about Lean Anguish
The intellectual foundation of Lean management was built decades ago at a time when business reigned supreme. It was an engrossing mania. Celebrity CEOs, more charismatic than competent, fed everyone a steady diet of hype and spin. The focus was on quarterly earnings, growth, and, of course, the … [Read more...] about Lean’s Crumbling Foundation
COVID-19, like all emergencies, commands people to focus on shrinking the time from order to delivery. People quickly remove all the barriers to getting the job done. They eliminate bad processes and steps in processes and get rid of queue time to get material and information to flow. And we see … [Read more...] about What is Lean’s Future?
This is the back story to the book Management Mysterium. Management Mysterium is a follow-on to The Triumph of Classical Management Over Lean Management (2018) and Irrational Institutions (2020). It adds to this body of work by examining invisible aspects of leadership and management practice: … [Read more...] about The Back Story – Management Mysterium