Lean Frontiers: Are they differences in getting middle management on board from getting executive management support?
Are there differences in getting middle management from executive management on board for 1) developing the lean enterprise and 2) direct engagement on their part? What are the differences, if any?
Posted on May 9, 2015
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Michael Balle

Michael Ballé: To bring on board: go to the gemba to engage, frame and give the right incentives!

By Michael Balle, co-author of The Gold Mine and The Lean Manager - Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
In most organizations I know, executive leadership and middle-management have very different perspectives and mindsets: Executive leadership aims to change things in order to get better, mostly financial results – higher sales, better profit, etc. Middle-management is focused on maintaining the status quo in order to make things run on a daily basis Most work-level employees just hope to get through the day without being blamed, which is no easy challenge considering the number of things that can easily go wrong with any value-adding job.   Lean thinking impacts each level greatly, but not necessarily in the same way.   At executive level, the ...

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Art Smalley

Art Smalley: Houshin Kanri & PDCA

By Art Smalley, - Last updated: Monday, July 30, 2012
This question centers upon how do you maintain focus and momentum on a Lean journey. In a nutshell that is why Toyota developed and utilized its form of Houshin Kanri and PDCA management. Toyota did not invent these tools but they apply them as well as any company that I have come across. Honestly it is easy for any company in the world including Toyota to get off track at times and falter. It takes strong leadership to stay on course or to intentionally deviate when necessary. The first part of the submitted question uses the word "focus". The term ...

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