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Lead with Respect: a Novel of Lean Practice

Published: August 26, 2014
Michelle Brown reviews the new Lean textbook "Lead with Respect: a Novel of Lean Practice" by Michael Balle and Freddy Balle. Coming two years after The Lean Manager we catch up with Andy Ward again. He is now Vice President of the European operations and had turned his attention to a new plant, Nexplas, and one their IT suppliers, Southcape Software. Southcape’s CEO is Jane Delany and she is dragged into Andy’s Lean world kicking and screaming but desperate to save the relationship between their two companies. ... Read more

Practical Lean Leadership

Published: April 11, 2014
We have had many discussions here about management behaviour and how important leadership is to steer a company towards a Lean Enterprise. Another examination is warranted to dovetail in with the previous discussions, so we can address what lean leadership means in a practical sense. Today we will look at the three key steps for true Lean leadership ... Read more

Building Accountability into a Lean Enterprise

Published: March 28, 2014
Building accountability into a Lean Enterprise is not so different for creating accountability into any organisation however it is a critical component of building the problem-solving culture that is needed for a Lean Enterprise to really thrive. ... Read more

Teamwork in a Lean Enterprise

Published: March 25, 2014
Today we’re going to look at the importance of using teamwork to develop a lean enterprise. While it is easy to define what a Lean enterprise is when we talk about tools and systems, it is the intangibles like teamwork that supports the foundation of what we are trying to achieve when implementing a Lean Enterprise philosophy. ... Read more