Review of The Lean CEO by Jacob Stoller

[Full disclosure: Jon Miller was involved in proofreading and providing suggestions to the author Jacob Stoller. Jon was not compensated and has no financial interest in the book.]   Most books about lean management are written by practitioners, consultants or academics so it is refreshing to read a book conceived and written by a professional journalist. The Lean CEO: Leading the Way…
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Change Management Lessons from Big Trees Transplant

This may be the best unintentional video on nemawashi ever. For those new to nemawashi, it is a Japanese word meaning “preparing roots of a tree for transplant” but is known to us as part of the consensus-building and change management process most often associated with hoshin planning or any type of culture change or major transformation. In management terms, the “tree”…
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Mindset KPIs

By S.M. Junaid [Admin’s note: our friend Junaid has contributed articles on TPM, on wet blankets, the cost of poor quality, kaizen for energy-saving and team member motivation.] A Quote by Eiji Toyoda san: “Before Cars, Make People.” It’s not a simple quote it’s a Mentor Management philosophy, Toyota is working in this mindset up till today. I never ever heard such…
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Review of Management Lessons from Taiichi Ohno by Takehiko Harada

I had previously read and enjoyed the Japanese version of this book by Toyota veteran Takehiko Harada. Therefore I was curious to see how its idiosyncrasies would be handled in the process of editing and presenting it to a Western audience. Released in English as Management Lessons from Taiichi Ohno: What Every Leader Can Learn from the Man Who Invented the Toyota…
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There’s More to Nemawashi than Consensus

What happens when you fail at nemawashi. A local grocery store has been doing some major remodeling. This summer they redesigned their parking lot, including new landscaping. A number of young oak trees were planted in the soil beds dividing the parking area into sections. This is a great idea. Previously the parking lot was quite bare and without trees to provide…
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Gemba Panta Rei blog site under construction…

Jon Miller here. Recent visitors to Gemba Panta Rei may have noticed some cosmetic changes. Thank again to those of you who have spotted broken links and such. The rebuilding is almost complete, thanks for your patience.In the mean time, I have been blogging weekly at the Gemba Academy blog. For reference, the handsome pipe-smoking fellow is not me, just a placeholder…
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