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  • Lean Management and the Public Good in the group Lean Leadership

    Long ago, you did not have to possess a Ph.D. or be affiliated with a university to be a scientist. And the work of scientists was mainly conducted as a public good, in search of truths that benefit humanity. With respect to Lean management, there is a small cadre of people world-wide who do seri...

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  • Why Business Schools Should Teach Lean Management in the group Lean Leadership

    In a previous blog post, I identified business schools as one of the existential threats to Lean management. I said: “If Lean management is not taught in the world’s top business schools, then how important can Lean be?” Below is a video in four parts of me giving a present...

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  • Existential Threats to Lean in the group Lean Leadership

    Nearly 30 years into the Lean movement, successes, failures, and future challenges are becoming increasingly clear. The successes make us happy and keep us motivated. The failures and their causes, however, are usually diminished or ignored. That means the information used to help define and exec...

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  • A Critique of LeanCT in the group Lean Leadership

    On 26 January 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the status of LeanCT in a press release titled: “Gov. Malloy Announces State’s Use of Lean Tools Makes Government More Responsive and Efficient” (watch video here). As a long-time student of and advoca...

    Tags: lean leadership, bob emiliani, lean management, books, speaking, the lean shop, professor emiliani, real lean, fake lean, lean behaviors, behavioral waste, toyota, kaizen, value stream map, jeff liker, art byrne, wiremold, Continuous Improvement, Lean Leadership, Respect for People

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  • Lean Hypocrisy in the group Lean Leadership

    Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856-1915) circa 1900. Every day, thousands of people confuse Lean management with “Taylorism,” properly known as Scientific Management. The negative association brings out the Lean bigwigs and others who work hard to create a great separation between Lean an...

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  • Toyota-Style Kaizen in the group Lean Leadership

    The leaders of organizations adopt Lean management in the hope of achieving desirable outcomes such as higher quality, shorter lead-times, lower costs, and so on. In most cases, cost reduction is a major objective and is of particular interest to senior managers. Yet, the magnitude of cost reduct...

    Tags: lean leadership, bob emiliani, lean management, books, speaking, the lean shop, professor emiliani, real lean, fake lean, lean behaviors, behavioral waste, toyota, kaizen, value stream map, jeff liker, art byrne, wiremold, Continuous Improvement, Real Lean v. Fake Lean, Respect for People

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  • Lean’s Bad Timing in the group Lean Leadership

    The Gilded Age was an era between 1870 and 1900, marked by industrialization, mechanization, economic growth, the rise of large corporations, build-out of railways, urbanization, and immense wealth creation among business owners. It also included monopolies, worker abuse, child labor, corruption,...

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  • What is Lean Management? in the group Lean Leadership

    What is Lean management? Many people offer definitions, but efforts to define it, while well-meaning, serve only to disable people’s ability to understand it which, in turn, impairs their ability to practice it (the same is true for the “Respect for People” principle). Isn&rsquo...

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  • How Economics Disrespects People in the group Lean Leadership

    Recently, I have been re-reading some old books that I bought years ago to gain deeper insights into the relationship between economics and the prevalence and persistence of Fake Lean. By that I mean, the narrow use of Lean management by business leaders for the purpose of cost-cutting, in the fu...

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  • Visceral Disdain for Lean in the group Lean Leadership

    One of the many interesting phenomena of modern progressive management is the negative gut reaction that workers have towards it, ranging from suspicion to outright disdain. This, in turn reduces the appeal of progressive management and one’s ability to advance it within a company or as a...

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