Insightful essays on Lean leadership and Lean management.
Real Lean: Unsolved Problems in Lean Management (Volume Six) shines a bright light on several major unsolved problems in Lean management and also identifies practical countermeasures using creative and original Lean thinking. 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.
This final volume of the Real Lean series includes a special interview with the retired CEO of The Wiremold Company, Art Byrne, reflecting on his nearly 30 years of Lean practice. This volume also helps focus the Lean community’s attention on specific areas to work on in order to advance manager’s understanding and practice of Lean management. As with prior Volumes of Real Lean, Volume Six emphasizes Lean as a management system and the “Respect for People” principle because both are usually missing from the practice of Lean management today. REAL LEAN Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
The books comprising the “Real Lean” series by Bob Emiliani are masterful and important.
Brian Maskell, President, BMA Inc.
Bob Emiliani’s latest book contains both controversial and though-provoking ideas about Lean as it relates to politics, economics, education, leadership and management. It’s an easy read but not a light read, sure to challenge at least some of the paradigms we all hold.
Jon Miller, CEO, Kaizen Institute
Volume Six… delivers plain talk from Art Byrne, former CEO of Wiremold, in a way most CEOs do not have the Lean knowledge or the courage to share. This is a book that you will want your CEO to read.
John Kimball, Ametek
If you are a leader of a company considering the Lean journey, this book is a must read for you and your senior staff. Art Byrne’s ‘Reflections on Lean Management’ is itself worth the price of the book.
David McGan, President, McGan Business Solutions
Real Lean: Unsolved Problems in Lean Management (Volume Six)
Featuring Art Byrne’s Reflections on Lean Management
by Bob Emiliani
The CLBM, LLC Wethersfield, Conn., USA
238 pages • ISBN 978-0-9845400-0-6 • October 2010
Table of Contents
Art Byrne’s Reflections on Lean Management
1 Contributed Unsolved Problems
– Too Few Lean Companies
– Make Lean Simple for Executives
– Tired Executives
– Short Attention Span
– Unchanged Attitudes
2 Where Are the Lean Economists?
3 Inadvertently Doing Harm
4 Thinking Defects
5 Blind to Blind Spots
6 Mutant Lean
7 Crazy Processes, Krazy Managers
8 Stuck on Zero
10 Lean Without Thinking
11 Editing Reality
12 Faulty Ideas Living Large
13 Putting Lean Into Orbit
14 Curse of the Change Agent
15 Progress Without Progressivism
16 A Centuries-Long Process
About the Author