Category Archives: Lean Thinking

Lean Is a Business System, Not Just a Bunch of Tools Used to Cut Costs…

I recruit Lean executives.  When people ask, that’s what I tell them. Yet I find that a surprising number of folks still hold at least a few misconceptions about what that really means. Since you’re reading this it’s unlikely that …
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Lean Thinkers Are Also Deep Thinkers

Problem identification and problem solving require very focused and specific thinking. The strongest Lean leaders start with extensive observation and then engage in deep thought in their effort to engage with the current state, examine the issues, postulate ways in …
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Real Lean Executives vs. Fake Lean Executives

In one of his recent posts, What’s Your Lean Provenance? Bob Emiliani writes about people who like to brag about when they first learned about Lean or who they learned it from. I’ve met some of these individuals, folks who want to show …
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Guru Review from Matthew May: Simple Excellence

Matthew May writes about the new book Simple Excellence: Organizing and Aligning the Management Team in a Lean Transformation for American Express OpenForum readers. (from the Archives, 2010) Big Idea: Take Henry David Thoreau’s plea to “Simplify, simplify, simplify!” and combine …
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Mark Graban Interview – Simple Excellence, Adam’s new book

Podcast #105 is a conversation with the co-authors of the new book Simple Excellence: Organizing and Aligning the Management Team in a Lean Transformation from Productivity Press. They are Adam Zak, a regular guest blogger here on Leanblog.org and Lean-focused …
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