Creatively Lean: How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Drive Innovation Throughout Your Organization, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Creatively Lean

How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Drive Innovation Throughout Your Organization, 1st Edition

By Bella Englebach

Productivity Press

172 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780367262105
pub: 2019-12-20
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Creatively Lean: How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Drive Innovation Throughout Your Organization (978-0-367-26210-5, 310443)

Shelving Guide: Business and Management/Product Development/Lean Methods and Implementation

Leaders in lean organizations must encourage and foster new ideas. Humans are naturally wired to feel uncomfortable with newness. Fortunately, there’s a large body of knowledge on the leadership behaviors needed to create an environment for innovation that has been developed alongside the development of lean thinking. Because this knowledge has been developed in large part outside of the lean community, lean managers, leaders, and practitioners are often not familiar with it, and when they become familiar, they struggle to integrate with the lean tools they have learned. This book presents critical creativity skills in the context of lean continuous improvement and lean product development approaches.

Is your lean implementation lacking a creative spark? Do your employees struggle to bring ideas forward? Do you need them to bring you more creative ideas and better improvements? Does your company need more innovative products, and do you need your people to build and strengthen their ideas more effectively? Learn how you can leverage learning from creativity studies and brain science to build more innovation into your lean continuous improvement and lean product development efforts.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Humans: The Great Innovators – and the Great Obstructers Chapter 2: Innovation as a Necessity for Organizations – and People Chapter 3: Your brain on Innovation Chapter 4: Innovation and Lean Thinking Chapter 5: Lean Thinking in a Nutshell Chapter 6: Lean Product Development, Set-Based Design, and Learning Cycles Chapter 7: Meet Creative Problem Solving Chapter 8: Try it Now – POINt Chapter 8: Creative Problem Solving in the Lean Company Chapter 9: Your Turn Appendix: Book Club Guide Questions for Each Chapter

About the Author

Bella Englebach Bella Englebach has been applying continuous improvement and lean thinking to operations and R&D for over fifteen years. Trained as a scientist, she helps people to see that the heart of improvement is the scientific method. Humans naturally respond to the scientific method, because as children we were all excited to ask why - and we all loved to conduct experiments to find out why! Along the way, many of us left that type of exploration behind, and came to believe that we were not good at problem-solving or creativity. Bella believes that everyone can regain their excited inner scientist to drive people-centered improvement for any type of organization. She works with leaders and managers to create environments where problems can be seen, innovative solutions can be discovered and tested, and people can truly drive improvement. Bella spent 18 years at Johnson & Johnson, where she was a process excellence and business improvement leader, bringing the worlds of lean and creativity together in research and development, regulatory affairs, and IT implementations. She opened her own business, Lean for Humans, Inc, in 2018. Bella is a Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Facilitator and is also an Associate Partner at?New & Improved, Inc, a consulting firm specializing in helping organizations create the environments for innovation thought the CPS approach. She is an experienced facilitator trained in continuous improvement, Creative Problem Solving, lean improvement, lean product and process development, and change management. Bella was a member of the Board of Directors of the Lean Product and Process Development Exchange for six years, where she served as Board Secretary and Conference Chair. LPPDE is a nonprofit organization created to foster opportunities to grow and share the knowledge, expertise and experiences that help organizations use lean product development to dramatically improve product development performance. She is a popular speaker and workshop facilitator at lean, operational excellence, and continuous improvement conferences. Bella is an avid traveler and choral singer. She lives in Delaware County with her husband and two rescue dogs and loves spending time with her kids and grandkids. She is a member of the Vestry of Trinity Church, Swarthmore, where she currently serves as Rector’s Warden. Douglas Reid Douglas Reid is the Founder of Douglas Reid & Associates, an organizational development group that specializes in creativity and innovation, collaboration, and change leadership. As a consultant, facilitator, trainer and coach, Doug applies his talents and experience to individual, group, and organizational development and transformation. Doug is a seasoned specialist in the field of organizational creativity, innovation, strategic thinking and leadership and has worked throughout North America, Europe, and Asia in many different industries. Prior to starting his own business, 25 years ago, Doug enjoyed a career in Human Resources and Organizational Development for a large multi-national information systems company. This experience has contributed greatly to Doug’s success, as he was able to experience the challenges of a complex organization first-hand. This followed his first career as an educator. Doug earned a B.A in Interpersonal Communications from Ohio University and a M.S. in Creativity, Innovation and Change Leadership from Buffalo State College where he is also an adjunct faculty member. He received his certification as an executive coach from the College of Executive Coaching in Ventura, CA., where he has also served on the faculty. Doug has been a member of the Creative Education Foundation since 1979 and they honored him with a Distinguished Leader Award in 1997. He has served as a volunteer leader at the Creative Problem Solving Institute, Buffalo, NY since 1983. He is recognized as an expert in the field of organizational creativity and innovation.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Quality Control
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Production & Operations Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management