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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Pascal Dennis

Pascal Dennis: Sustaining focus & momentum requires effective connected checking — our organization’s nervous system

By Pascal Dennis, - Last updated: Monday, July 16, 2012
Good question & good reflections. I would add the following. Sustaining focus & momentum requires effective connected checking -- our organization's nervous system. We call it Level 1, 2, 3 checking, Level 1 being the front line. To Sammy's point, it's hard to beat daily asaichi at the front line, supported by leader STW checking what's important. But front line asaichi needs to be connected to Level 2 & Level 3. (Some problems are beyond the scope of a front line leader.  Without a help chain, they fester.) A number of enablers & subtleties here: ·         How to differentiate between Breakthrough vs. Run the Business work & ensure ...

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Art Smalley

Art Smalley: Performance Organizations

By Art Smalley, - Last updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
This month's questions asks why is there such a resistance to creating learning organizations and why are leaders letting the future deteriorate without doing anything about it. I am not sure that I can answer the question with any relevant facts to be honest. In order to answer this question properly I think the proper thing to do in TPS spirit is to "get the facts" and proceed from that basis. In this case for example we'd have to survey an adequate number of executives and measure their responses. Some might have no resistance to creating a "learning organization" while ...

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Craig Kennedy

Craig Kennedy: Why is there such resistance to creating learning organizations?

By Craig Kennedy, - Last updated: Monday, April 9, 2012
The question then, unresolved for me as a leader in an industrial American company is "given all this evidence for learners, improvement, learning organizations and strong cultures formed through these patterns, why is there such resistance and such a dearth of it in America? In essence, why are we letting our future deteriorate without doing anything about it?"
The Lean Edge

The Lean Edge: Did the writers of books about excellence and what makes great organizations get it right to begin with and does lean add anything new?

By The Lean Edge, - Last updated: Friday, July 8, 2011
Did the writers of books about excellence and what makes great organizations get it right to begin with and does lean add anything new? many great management books such as The Fifth Discipline or Good To Great say things that are quite similar to general positions in the lean movement. So what would be specific to lean that contributes to performance improvement
Mike Rother

Mike Rother: How do We Want to Manage Our Organizations?

By Mike Rother, - Last updated: Sunday, April 4, 2010
Question:  How do Six Sigma and Lean fit together? I think these kinds of questions about Lean versus Six Sigma are somewhat tangential, and don’t do much for addressing the more essential issue of, how do we want to manage our organizations? Several years ago there was a similar debate between “Agile Manufacturing” and “Lean.”  Eventually it got quiet around the agile topic, and it seemed to go away.  But agile continued on in the software development world and increasingly concerned itself with the question of, by what patterns should teams do work so that the product of that work meets customer ...

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