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Leading Lean by Living Lean
Changing How You Lead, Not Who You Are

ISBN 9781032170053
Published July 26, 2022 by Productivity Press
176 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In Leading Lean by Living Lean, Philip Holt details and explains what is probably the most important part of becoming a Lean Leader -- living and practicing what you preach. To do this you must believe in what you’re doing, understand what it means and what you need to do, and do it every day. The author, through his engineering background, has fully embraced the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model of Deming / Shewhart but has adapted David Bovis’ Believe-Think-Feel-Act (BTFA) model to understand why logic and facts are very often not the principal players in the game of change.

In this book, Holt author describes how you can take both the PDCA and BTFA models into account and has sectioned the book into three prime parts:

1. Head -- How you learn and understand the Lean principles and their application.

2. Hands -- How you practice Lean Leadership daily.

3. Heart -- How you internalize and believe in Lean Leadership.

Through this book, you, the Lean practitioner, whether aspiring or experienced, will have everything that you need to “lead it,” “do it,” and “live it.”

The nature of this book is more “why to” than “how to” – the author knows that he cannot tell you how to lead, do, or live Lean; he can only explain why it is so important and share his knowledge, experiences, failures, and successes. This book isn’t so much a self-help book as a self-reflection book and it can point you in the proper direction, but… the book won’t change you; only you can change you! 

Essentially, with this book, the author wants those who think of Lean as a toolkit, who believe that Lean can be project managed, or who argue about Lean versus Six Sigma and misunderstand the fundamental depth of impact that true Lean Leadership has on an organization to be disabused of any or all of those notions. This book is aimed at those leaders who seek to experience the full transformative effects of Lean in their organizations and want to practice it at the principle level of deployment. Holt's aim is to help business leaders enhance who they are by changing what they do and the way that they do it

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

  1. Leading Lean by Living Lean
  2. Head, Hands and Heart
  3. Hansei

Part I – Head

Chapter 2: Intellectual buy-in

  1. Thinking differently
  2. Changing mind-set
  3. Bias barriers

Chapter 3: Planning the change

  1. VCRSP
  2. A Vision of the future
  3. I love it when a plan comes together

Chapter 4: The tools to use

        1. Personal effectiveness
        2. Problem solving
        3. Continuous Improvement

Part II – Hands

Chapter 5: Practising Lean

  1. Using the tools
  2. Procrastination
  3. A little bit of knowledge is dangerous

Chapter 6: Learning every day

  1. It’ll be alright in the end
  2. Failing is learning
  3. Winning is finishing

Chapter 7: Kaizen every day

  1. Running to standard
  2. Kaizen is looking inwards
  3. It doesn’t need to be perfect to be better

Part III – Heart

Chapter 8: Feeling

  1. We believe what we perceive
  2. Change Leadership
  3. The language of avoidance

Chapter 9: Winning Hearts

  1. Developing the change
  2. Keeping it simple
  3. Communicate to inspire

Chapter 10: Living Lean

  1. Urgent – Important conflict
  2. Lean busy or ignorant overloaded bliss
  3. Living Lean

Part IV – Walking the Talk

Chapter 11: Writing the book

  1. Writing Lean
  2. What I left out
  3. Getting personal

Chapter 12: Epilogue

  1. If you're too busy, you're not doing it right


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Philip Holt is currently Senior Vice President, Global Transformation at GKN Aerospace, the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. He was formerly Vice President, Continuous Improvement at Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform, and prior to that held a number of senior Lean Leadership roles with Royal Philips, most notably Head of Continuous Improvement for Philips, Head of Continuous Improvement for the Consumer Lifestyle sector, and Head of Operational Excellence, Accounting Operations. Philip was the lead author of the Philips Lean Excellence Model.

Philip has over 30 years of business experience in leadership roles spanning the customer value chain, in Industry Leading Companies such as GKN Aerospace, Philips, Gillette, and Travelport. During this time he has built up an impressive reputation in Lean Leadership practice and is a regular speaker at industry conferences.

He studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, Warwick Business School, and the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School).