When faced with problems many business leaders and teams reach for familiar and standard problem-solving methods, often creating unnecessary struggle, frustration, delay, and ineffectiveness in solving the problem -- if it is ever solved at all! In other words, they keep reaching for the same old hammer as if every business problem were a nail.
In Four Types of Problems, continuous improvement expert and author Art Smalley shows you how to break the “hammer-and-nail” trap.
Every lean practitioner occasionally wishes for a simple, fun, and quick-read introduction to lean thinking to give acquaintances, associates, and family members – even to our kids. If lean thinking often entails unlearning a plethora of bad habits, wouldn’t it better if we learned better thinking – and habits – from the beginning? Everything I Know About Lean I Learned in First Grade is just that sort of book.
In their new business novel Lead With Respect, authors Michael and Freddy Ballé reveal the true power of lean: developing people through a rigorous application of proven tools and methods. And, in the process, creating the only sustainable source of competitive advantage—a culture of continuous improvement.
In a truly groundbreaking first edition of Lean Product and Process Development, Ward delivered a comprehensive view of lean principles for developing and sustaining product and process development. In the second edition, Durward Sobek, edits and reorganizes the original text to make it more accessible and actionable. This new edition builds on the first one by:adding inspiring case studies and insightful new examples and illustrations,and updating concepts and tools............
A Guide for Improving Patient Flow and the Quality and Safety of Care, based on practical experience in an Australian public hospital. The author is a member of the board of Lean Enterprise Australia and has contributed valuable insights as a thought leader in Lean Thinking in Australia and internationally over a number of years.
Michael Ballé and his father Freddy have written three novels that form a trilogy of lean discovery, all available from our store:
The Gold Mine The Lean Manager Lead with Respect
This companion study guide will help you and your team explore together the novels and their lean principles, tools, and insights to more deeply understand and adopt kaizen spirit into your daily work.
Author and CEO Jim Lancaster tells a practical and inspiring story on two levels. It’s a close-up, candid look at his personal transformation as a leader. It’s also a practical, in-depth, business case study of Lantech’s lean transformation, relapse, and comeback that American manufacturing – and other industries — can use to profitably transform themselves.