Time has proven that the central problem with Lean management is that most senior leaders are not interested in it. They have many other ways to achieve their business goals without needing to think about Lean. Relatedly, sooner or later Lean always loses out to Classical management. Despite these … [Read more...] about Is Lean Too Arrogant to Save Itself?
We are all aware that precious few Lean transformations fulfill the vision of many Toyota-like managed companies in all industries. For decades, the prevailing wisdom was that better explanations of Lean, from Lean tools to Lean strategy, and more and more examples of Lean success, no matter how … [Read more...] about What’s Holding Lean Back?
Lean transformation is often said to be difficult. But what if that is only the apparent problem, based on our perspective as people who work to promote Lean and help organizations transform from Classical management to Lean management? The difficulty clearly looks to us like a lack of understanding … [Read more...] about Lean Transformation is Not Difficult
In my new book, The Triumph of Classical Management Over Lean, I identified 17 bedrock assumptions that have guided the promotion and marketing of Lean to large corporations. However, there are many more assumptions than that. The assumption that I would like to focus on here is the nature of the … [Read more...] about Lean and The Corporation
This Warning Label should have been attached to Lean decades ago. Everything contained in the warning label was understood 25 to 30 years ago.But it was not. The result? Countless underdoses.Corporate leaders did not know the facts about the product, Lean, before they started using it. They … [Read more...] about Lean Warning Label
I have spoken to many people in recent years who have become disillusioned with Lean management in one way or another. In most cases, disillusionment does not lead to a complete abandonment of Lean thinking and practice. Rather, it greatly suppresses enthusiasm and limits the scope of practice to … [Read more...] about The Seven Laws of Lean Disillusionment
As you may know, one of my great interests over the last 20 years has been to understand problems such as these, especially as it pertains to large companies:Why are executives disinterested in Lean? Why do executives resist Lean? Why does Lean fail to take root in … [Read more...] about The Business Philosophy Triangle
Below is a summary of my significant original contributions to the body of Lean knowledge as author or co-author. My primary focus has been Lean leadership and Lean management, as well as Lean in higher education, Lean in supply chain management, and the history of progressive management. It … [Read more...] about My Contributions to Lean
This is the back story to the book The Triumph of Classical Management Over Lean Management.The Triumph of Classical Management Over Lean Management represents the culmination of over 20 years of the study of Lean leadership. It began in the mid-1990s with a simple question: "Why don't the … [Read more...] about The Back Story – The Triumph of Classical Management