1st Edition

Lean Leadership on a Napkin
An Executive's Guide to Lean Transformation in Three Proven Steps

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ISBN 9781032066851
September 13, 2021 Forthcoming by Productivity Press
176 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This straightforward book is for top executives in virtually any industry who are either new to the concept of Lean and its benefits to them or who have stalled in their transformations and are trying to resurrect their momentum. The book is written in a style that mirrors a typical interaction with an executive across the table with a knowledgeable, experienced Lean coach/consultant. Its style and substance reflect what a candid, if casual, conversation would sound and feel like. The book includes hand-drawn images (thus the title Lean on a Napkin) to facilitate and simplify basic concepts as if the dialogue was occurring over an informal meeting. It assumes that the executive has little or no previous knowledge of Lean but has awakened to the possibility of its promise to grow themselves and their enterprises. Most executives have little time for extensive reading or patience with “sales” presentations -- Those same leaders will appreciate the simple, straightforward and, above all, objective summary this book provides. The book breaks down the process of transforming their organization around Lean principles into three component transformational phases Introduction, Integration and Internalization (i.e., the I-3 strategy). Each phase includes critical factors to understand, do, and share as well as deep reflection questions to help them decide on an appropriate path forward for themselves as leaders and for their organizations. A unique advantage of this book is that it braids together four critical elements of success -- Lean concepts/methodology, culture change, leadership, and business performance. Essentially, the reader will obtain a broad, basic but solid understanding and leadership foundation about Lean, the leaders’ unique role in transformation, and confidence to make appropriate decisions about the how and if to proceed. In addition, it will offer a path forward by providing them with abundant resources and consulting support.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - In the Beginning

Chapter 2 - The Introduction Phase

Chapter 3 – What do I Need to Know about Lean Leadership?

Chapter 4 – Lean Speak; Do I Need to Learn Japanese?

Chapter 5 – Common Lean Tools

Chapter 6 - The 2 Pillars of a Lean Culture

Chapter 7 – What Key Principles Drive a Lean Culture?

Chapter 8 – How will Lean Leadership Effect Me Personally?

Chapter 9 – Key Lean Leader Behaviors

Chapter 10 – What’s the One Thing?

Chapter 11 – What’s Next?

Chapter 12 – Sneak Preview into Part 2: Integration

Chapter 13 – Some Great Resources

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Ken Pilone has more than 30 years experience in Organization Development in Government, Retail, Automotive, Distribution, and Aerospace. He is currently the manager of Education and Development at Providence Health & Services -- a role that encompasses internal Lean consulting, including executive coaching, lean training, leadership development, and all functions typical of a lean promotion or PI/CI function. He spent nearly 20 years with Toyota as Lean consultant within company as well as with suppliers, vendors, partners and community groups. He a co-creator of the University of Toyota at the company HQ. He led the work to adapt the Toyota Production System to non-production environments (warehousing, supply chain, HQ administration depts., sales, product distribution, dealer operations, etc. In addition, he led the Center for Lean Thinking. Combining his Masters in Industrial Psychology and Organizational Development with his Toyota experience, Ken has developed specialties in Lean consulting in non-production environments, curriculum development and delivery, leadership and management development coaching, Toyota problem solving method training and public speaking.