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 9 mai 2015
Archives by Tag 'Sustaining'
Samuel Obara

Sammy Obara: sustaining requires well prepared and conscious leadership

By Samuel Obara, - Last updated: vendredi, juin 28, 2013
It sounds like you already have introduced lean to a great extent and that you were satisfied with what you did (otherwise you wouldn't be seeking ways to sustain). Your challenge is specifically in the sustainability of what you did in a decentralized organization that you have. Besides being decentralized, you may want to consider some other factors that typically make sustainability tougher: Size, larger organizations just seem to have a tougher time sustaining lean company wide (of course there are exceptions). Employee turnover, organizations with high turnover and temporary labor seem to have more difficulties ...

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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: lundi, juillet 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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Mike Rother

Mike Rother: Ain’t No Such Thing as Sustaining

By Mike Rother, - Last updated: vendredi, avril 29, 2011
Question: How can lean results be sustained over time? It's been difficult to maintain lean improvements. Our efforts have generated many successes, but not so many sustainable ones. We tend to involve dedicated lean experts, who become a constraint. When they turn their attention to the next improvement project, the one just completed degrades. Overall improvement progress is slow and the cultural change to continuous improvement is minimal. We should get something out of the way right off: There's no such thing as sustaining. There is no steady state. And, frankly, as long as we think there is we may not ...

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Jean Cunningham

Jean Cunningham: Sustaining Lean

By Jean Cunningham, - Last updated: lundi, avril 4, 2011
As CFO, one method I used to sustain lean thinking was to ask "what has improved since our last meeting" during each of our monthly metric meetings.   Each person on the team was empowered to make change within their jobs or with others.  And we had a cadence....for instance we had an arbitrary Takt of 1 per week.  So as well as discussing what had changed, one team member who was our "counter" would share "it is week 15, we have 18 improvements" or "it is week 32 and we have 28 improvements".   When we were starting to fall behind, we would spend more time that session talking ...

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Michael Balle

Michael Ballé: a “problems first” attitude is the key to sustaining learning leadership

By Michael Balle, co-author of The Gold Mine and The Lean Manager - Last updated: mercredi, février 10, 2010
The first answer is leadership, the second leadership and the third… leadership. But a very special and specific kind of leadership. Of all the quirks of the lean thinking the one that has always fascinated me is “problems first.” In practice this means we are not so interested in successes (the right results from the right process) because there is nothing to learn there – we are only interested in problems, failures, and things that don’t work as expected, because there is much to learn. “Problems first” also means that any employee can come up to a manager and discuss ...

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Jeff Liker

Jeff liker: Can the Toyota Way become Self Sustaining?

By Jeff Liker, - Last updated: mercredi, février 10, 2010
You have some overweight friends and even children who eat junk food and do not exercise.  You discover a new fitness program that is the perfect blend of exercise and diet.  You enjoy what you are eating and you feel better than ever in your life.  You wish to share the wealth and convince your children and friends to follow that fitness program.  You manage to convince them to come to a “blitz” event at the fitness center where they introduce the training regime and you have a healthy meal.  They will then prescribe a diet and schedule biweekly exercise.  ...

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