1st Edition

The Way Forward
Lean Leadership and Systems Thinking for Large and Small Businesses

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ISBN 9780367565398
April 16, 2021 Forthcoming by Productivity Press
200 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

USD $29.95

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Book Description

This book helps business leaders see how employees, companies, and missions all interact with each other, as well as with society at large, in systems and subsystems at various levels. It helps leaders learn how to connect the dots, becoming customer-centric in everything they do and then spreading the same goals down to their supply chains.

The book discusses what is, and what is not, leadership, covering such topics as statistics-based management, process-improvement, and human resources. The author accomplishes this through a blend of Lean culture and managerial theory, as well as his military experience.

In addition, the author contrasts many opposing subjects, such as efficiencies of scale versus efficiencies of build, automation versus process improvement, process innovation versus product innovation, technical versus tactical proficiency, and pull versus push production.

With most books focused on Lean initiatives, there is a tremendous amount of benefit involved in creating customer value while reducing waste, but this book takes a holistic approach, blending in modern managerial theory, team leadership skills, and economics. The result is a book that changes how the reader approaches business.

Essentially, the purpose of this book is to blend modern management theories with the culture of Lean (and perhaps a sprinkling of economics) to show current business leaders how to create organizations that are as customer-oriented and highly efficient in delivering value as possible. If one thinks of each role in an organization as a spot on an assembly line, where everything each person does creates output someone else uses, the question becomes whether or not each person’s activities maximize the effectiveness of others. Do we, as organizations, set ourselves up for success or for failure? Most companies, if they answer honestly, would say, "A little bit of both." This book is about helping those companies improve.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments *

About the Author *

Introduction (A Personal Odyssey) *

Chapter 1: The Corrupt Way to Make Money *

Chapter 2: The Limits of Demand, and Systems Thinking *

Chapter 3: Layoffs, Trust and Changing Cultures *

Chapter 4: Automation and Bottlenecks *

Chapter 5: Maturing Markets *

Chapter 6: One Piece Flow, Inventory, and Rapid Changeover *

Chapter 7: Statistics Based Management *

Chapter 8: Standardized Operations and Process Improvement *

Chapter 9: Quality *

Chapter 10: Supply Chain Management *

Chapter 11: Human Resources *

Chapter 12: Project Management and On-Time Delivery *

Chapter 13: Strategic Decision Making *

Chapter 14: Executive Team Operations *

Chapter 15: Marketing Operations *

Chapter 16: Waste *

Conclusion: Lean Leadership requires Systems Thinking *

Glossary *

Index *

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Wallace Garneau is a two-service military veteran, with four years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, and four years in the United States Army. He has twenty four years of experience in process improvement roles, having served as the E-Commerce Manager, the IT Manager, and/or the Director of Business Systems, for various medium and large manufacturing companies, and currently works for one of the world’s largest technology companies. Wallace holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technologies and Telecommunications from the University of Phoenix, and an MBA in Lean Manufacturing from the University of Michigan. He is currently finishing a Master’s of Science in Lean Manufacturing from Kettering University. Wallace is a published poet and essayist, with articles in Information World, and Computer World. Wallace runs the popular blog, The Daily Libertarian (thedailylibertarian.com), and is nationally syndicated on Global Liberty Media (globallibertymedia.com).