Many of you have heard Art Byrne say: "about 95 percent of all lean conversions fail." To that I'll add: "about 95 percent of all CEOs don't care about Lean." Despite our awareness of these long odds, I, like most Lean practitioners, continue to look for opportunities to promote Lean in my workplace … [Read more...] about Dr. Emiliani’s No’s for Lean
For a number of years, I have faced displeasure from some of the big names in Lean-world for my writings about Lean leadership and Lean management. These people, a core of ten or so in number (likely more), are mostly American, but some hail from other lands. My fundamental position in research and … [Read more...] about The Lean Whiners
Everyone in the Lean community knows the case for Lean management. Most of my books and research papers strongly support the case for Lean, based on the facts. But, as Art Byrne says: "about 95 percent of all lean conversions fail." Why is that? And why aren't most CEOs interested in Lean? It's … [Read more...] about The Case Against Lean
I have written a new research paper that you may be interested in reading. It builds on my previous work (listed below) and expands the understanding of why most business leaders resist or reject Lean management. The abstract is shown in the image below. Click on the image to read or download the … [Read more...] about Means and Ends in Management Systems
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?
Political economist David Ricardo (1772-1823) coined the term "comparative advantage." From that came the economic law of comparative advantage, and the intellectual foundation for international free trade. More familiar terms these days are "global sourcing" or "global supply chains," which means … [Read more...] about Is Lean Toast?