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: No real lean without a sensei

By Michael Balle, co-author of The Gold Mine and The Lean Manager - Last updated: Sunday, May 4, 2014
I believe the “sensei” idea was introduced in Lean Thinking for a reason: we seek new words when the current vocab doesn’t quite capture the specific thing we’re trying to describe. Sure, the word “sensei” originally means teacher in Japanese. Certainly, consultants will try to turn it into something they can put on their business card (regardless of whether they’re legitimate or not). Absolutely there’s an amount of unnecessary mystique around the word – but I feel this is because there is a specific “sensei” function in lean that is neither ex-Toyota nor teacher, coach, consultant, but unique to lean ...

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Michael Balle

Michael Ballé: Real lean results will show up in bottom-line and cash

By Michael Balle, co-author of The Gold Mine and The Lean Manager - Last updated: Wednesday, January 19, 2011
If I'm honest, I have to admit this is not an issue I've encountered firsthand. I hear many people complain about the fact that their lean program does not deliver budget-level efforts, but I have to wonder what kind of lean we're talking about. Withe the CEOs and Operations VPs I work with, lean delivers in terms of bottom-line and cash in the one to two year horizon. or put it more precisely, the companies I work with show percentage points improvement in bottom-line and significant cash gains in between one to two years time. Since the effort is personally driven ...

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