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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Jeff Liker

Jeff Liker: A variable employee base (temps) is necessary to provide stable employment through the major ups and downs of the market

By Jeff Liker, - Last updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
First off there is no real “lean stand” on this issue and perhaps no lean stand on much of anything as lean means so many different things to different people. Second, speaking strictly about The Toyota Way the two pillars are respect for people and continuous improvement. In order to accomplish respect for people as partners in the business, and invest the time it takes to develop their capabilities to do the job and improve how they do the job, Toyota depends on continuity of employment. It gives them a stable employee base to develop and gives the employee ...

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Mark Graban

Mark Graban: Every Employee Is An Innovator

By Mark Graban, - Last updated: Tuesday, May 11, 2010
"Innovation" is a trendy business buzzword - it's much more appealing, generally speaking, to executives than the term "lean" is. Innovation is sexy and fun. Lean sounds dull and monotonous. Improve continuously -- who has the patience for that? Not those who would rather swing for the fences and find that one silver-bullet home run innovation that will ensure future profits. Lean organizations, while not ignoring large innovations (think Toyota Prius), also focus on daily innovation through Lean and process improvement methods, like kaizen. It's often thought, mistakenly, that Lean and innovation can't go together. Those who think Lean created rigid, ...

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