McKinsey's recent high-profile embrace of something approaching REAL Lean is significant and noteworthy - and abnormal. Historically, large management consulting firms have ignored the "Respect for People" principle in progressive management. Why? Because that was not what their customers, top … [Read more...] about McKinsey&Lean
BREAKING NEWS: Global management consulting firm McKinsey&Company finally recognizes Lean as a management system that applies to any organization in any industry. It turns out Lean isn't just a manufacturing thing! The next frontier for Lean is to manage the entire life cycle of a product, just … [Read more...] about McKinsey Finally On Board!
As someone who has studied Lean leadership for 20 years, I have sought to answer the most important research questions. I would love to know what you think the remaining unanswered research questions are. This will help identify what needs to be studied or further studied to advance our … [Read more...] about Lean Leadership Research: What Next?
Can Lean management - the learning management system, the thinking management system - exist in organizations that do not do kaizen? In the old days, kaizen made use of Lean tools to achieve improvements. In recent years, more and more organizations use Lean tools separate from kaizen in an … [Read more...] about No Lean Without Kaizen
Some Lean transformations proceed quickly while most others proceed slowly. How does that happen? What drives those outcomes? It hinges in large part on whether or not leaders allow employees to think, ask Why?," and use their imagination and creativity to correct abnormalities. In Better Thinking, … [Read more...] about Fast or Slow: It’s Your Choice
The enduring appeal of winners and losers exists in nearly every facet of human activity - sports, education, the arts, politics, and business - and helps assure that anything associated with win-win outcomes, such as Lean management, will struggle. Managers prefer conventional management because … [Read more...] about Winners and Losers
In 2003, I introduced what may have been the first Lean transformation model. It described how leaders should execute the change-over from conventional management to Lean management. The model appeared in Better Thinking, Better Results ("A New Change-Over Model," Chapter 11, pp. 248-254), the … [Read more...] about One Model for Lean Transformation
Golf, like Lean, looks a lot easier to do than it really is. How hard can hitting a little ball be? How hard can improving processes be? While golf and Lean look easy to do, they are in fact difficult to do. They both require a lot of practice, and success is largely determined by one's proficiency … [Read more...] about Golf and Lean
Organizations operating in competitive markets have never-ending challenges to develop new products, reduce costs, improve quality, and reduce lead-times. There are many other challenges as well, but these challenges are fundamental to survival. Yet, the favorite interview questions from top … [Read more...] about Better Interview Questions