Business Improvement

Learn how to improve yourself, your colleagues and your organization through business improvement tactics from industry leaders. From top-down simplification strategies to grassroots and personal improvement ideas to company-wide lean implementation practices and organizational development, here you will find content that provides actionable steps to upgrade all aspects of your business.


Why Simple Wins

An Interview with Author Lisa Bodell

In this interview, author Lisa Bodell explains the ideas behind her recent book Why Simple Wins: Escape the Complexity Trap and Get to Work That Matters.

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Creating A Lean Culture

Creating a Lean Culture

David Mann, author of  Creating a Lean Culture, discusses the new edition of of his best-selling book and how it can help you and your organization succeed.

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Business Improvement Books

  • Making Big Decisions Better

    How to Set and Simplify Business Strategy

    By Tim Lewko

    For many organizations, the word strategy conjures up endless ideas, concepts and tools - while the intent is correct, the awful reality is most companies do not have a simple, common definition of strategy or a simple approach to make the big decisions. Too many PowerPoints, not enough one pagers…

    Hardback – 2017-05-31
    Routledge

  • Global Lean

    Seeing the New Waste Rooted in Communication, Distance, and Culture

    By Samuel Yankelevitch

    Just because a problem is invisible doesn’t mean it’s not affecting your operation. While communication, distance, and culture are often ignored as real threats to your results, these unnoticed forces are negatively affecting companies that operate internationally. Globalization has amplified a…

    Paperback – 2016-10-18
    Productivity Press

  • Why Simple Wins

    Escape the Complexity Trap and Get to Work That Matters

    By Lisa Bodell

    Imagine what you could do with the time you spend writing emails every day.  Complexity is killing companies' ability to innovate and adapt, and simplicity is fast becoming the competitive advantage of our time. Why Simple Wins helps leaders and their teams move beyond the feelings of…

    Hardback – 2016-10-18
    Routledge

  • Andy & Me and the Hospital

    Further Adventures on the Lean Journey

    By Pascal Dennis

    Based on the author's years of experience working with Toyota’s master teachers and with companies in the midst of great change, this book follows the story established in the Shingo Prize-winning book, Andy & Me: Crisis & Transformation on the Lean Journey.In a cool and readable style,…

    Paperback – 2016-07-18
    Productivity Press

  • Lean Hospitals

    Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement, Third Edition

    By Mark Graban

    Organizations around the world are using Lean to redesign care and improve processes in a way that achieves and sustains meaningful results for patients, staff, physicians, and health systems. Lean Hospitals, Third Edition explains how to use the Lean methodology and mindsets to improve safety,…

    Paperback – 2016-06-01
    Productivity Press

  • Beyond the Lean Office

    A Novel on Progressing from Lean Tools to Operational Excellence

    By Kevin J. Duggan

    While more and more companies are aggressively pursuing Operational Excellence by employing Six Sigma, Lean, and other continuous improvement methods, the concept has yet to be defined in a way that can be easily taught and applied, especially in industries other than manufacturing. This book fills…

    Paperback – 2016-01-22
    Productivity Press

  • The Complete Lean Enterprise

    Value Stream Mapping for Office and Services, Second Edition

    By Beau Keyte, Drew A. Locher

    The first edition of this book won a Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing Research, and now, following in the tradition of its bestselling predecessor, The Complete Lean Enterprise: Value Stream Mapping for Office and Services, Second Edition details a robust step-by-step approach for…

    Paperback – 2015-12-10
    Productivity Press

  • Lean Production Simplified, Third Edition

    A Plain-Language Guide to the World's Most Powerful Production System

    By Pascal Dennis

    Following in the tradition of its Shingo Prize-winning predecessors, Lean Production Simplified, Third Edition gives a clear overview of the structure and tools of the Lean production system. Written for the practitioner by a practitioner, it delivers a comprehensive insider's view of Lean…

    Paperback – 2015-09-11
    Productivity Press

  • Lean-Driven Innovation

    Powering Product Development at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

    By Norbert Majerus

    In 2005, Goodyear’s research and development (R&D) engine was not performing up to its full potential. The R&D organization developed high-quality tires, but the projects were not always successful. Goodyear embarked on a major initiative to transform its innovation creation processes by…

    Paperback – 2015-08-13
    Productivity Press

  • The Power of Ideas to Transform Healthcare

    Engaging Staff by Building Daily Lean Management Systems

    By Steve Hoeft, Robert W. Pryor, MD

    Many companies conduct Lean training and projects, but few have tapped the wealth of ideas in the minds of their staff like Baylor Scott & White Health. This book documents the path Steve Hoeft and Robert Pryor created at Baylor Scott & White Health and shares what worked as well as what…

    Paperback – 2015-06-17
    Productivity Press

  • Creating a Lean Culture

    Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions, Third Edition

    By David Mann

    Winner of a Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award The new edition of this Shingo Prize-winning bestseller provides critical insights and approaches to make any Lean transformation an ongoing success. It shows you how to implement a sustainable, successful transformation by developing a…

    Paperback – 2014-10-22
    Productivity Press

  • A Factory of One

    Applying Lean Principles to Banish Waste and Improve Your Personal Performance

    By Daniel Markovitz

    Most business readers have heard of the Lean principles developed for factories—a set of tools and ideas that have enabled companies to dramatically boost quality by reducing waste and errors—producing more while using less. Yet until now, few have recognized how relevant these powerful ideas are…

    Paperback – 2011-12-13
    Productivity Press

  • Lean Office and Service Simplified

    The Definitive How-To Guide

    By Drew Locher

    Winner of a 2012 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award Demystifying the application of Lean methods, Lean Office and Service Simplified: The Definitive How-To Guide goes beyond the basic tools to detail the key concepts of Lean as they apply to office and service environments. It…

    Paperback – 2011-02-09
    Productivity Press

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Improve Through Leadership

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Leadersights: Creating Great Leaders Who Create Great Workplaces by David Veech

Love, learn, let go. Three decisions. Three actions. Three habits. Together, these offer leaders insight (Leadersights) into the true nature of leadership and can create the type of workplace that can thrive in a demanding future. Find out more about this new title here

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