Insightful essays on Lean leadership and Lean management.
Real Lean: Learning the Craft of Lean Management (Volume 4) shows how Lean management is itself a craft that can only be learned as any other craftsman would learn their trade. This small book will be a big help to leaders who want to improve their understanding and practice of Lean management. In a lively and engaging style, Real Lean answers key questions that leaders of organizations have about Lean management. It is a perfect read for busy executives.
Few people understand Lean management in the context of a craft, including the best Lean practitioners and Lean thinkers external to Toyota. This unique perspective creates a much clearer impression of what executives need to do in order to become Lean leaders. Their learning must be much deeper than they might have imagined, but the result will be much better than they would have expected. As with prior Volumes of Real Lean, Volume Four of emphasizes Lean as a management system and the “Respect for People” principle because both are usually missing from the practice of Lean management today.
Reviews of Real Lean
The books comprising the “Real Lean” series by Bob Emiliani are masterful and important.
Brian Maskell, President, BMA Inc.
Emiliani has put together a superior series that finally reflects the ‘How’ of Lean – not just the ‘Why’ of Lean. He has covered all the aspects of ‘Real Lean’, not just the tools, not just culture, not just strategy, not just control… but the entire system of Lean.
We are using your Real Lean books series as a guide to better engage our senior leadership.
I like how you position Lean management as something to be learned as a craft. That frames the challenge in a much clearer and more practical way. By the way, Volume Three is indispensable. It explains what other people have never been able to explain.
Real Lean: Learning the Craft of Lean Management (Volume Four)
by Bob Emiliani
The CLBM, LLC Wethersfield, Conn., USA
152 pages • ISBN 978-0-9722591-7-0 • September 2008 • Price $15
Table of Contents
1 Ten Thousand Hours
2 Learn Lean When Times Are Good
3 Learning to Think
4 Let’s Stop Making the Same Mistake
5 Don’t Aim Low
6 The Eighth Waste
7 The Other Information System
8 One Step Forward, Eleven Back
9 The Ethical Management System
10 Policies for Learning
11 Eleven Questions
12 Emiliani’s Rules
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