Organized in the chronological sequence that a leader embarking on a lean journey would experience, this work:
At The Danaher Corporation, George Koenigsaecker led the lean transformations of both the automotive and tool groups. He also led The Hon Company’s successful lean conversion, which doubled productivity and tripled revenues, leading Industry Week to recognize HON on their list of the "World’s 100 Best Managed Firms." Written to help executives in determining right from wrong during a lean initiative, Leading the Lean Enterprise Transformation shows that lean is more about an approach than it is about tools. It presents the successful strategies and case histories of several key American leaders who have been instrumental in bringing lean to the forefront of various industries.
Organized in the chronological sequence that a leader embarking on a lean journey would experience, this lively work:
Lastly, the book discusses what may well be the least understood and most critical aspect of a lean transformation: the building of a lean culture. That ability is what separates the tactician from the technician. While many books exist that detail all the tools needed for a lean implementation, this book explains those tools needed at the enterprise level by executives, but more importantly it provides potential change agents with the skills to define, develop, and communicate a vision. It helps cultivate the willingness to innovate and learn by doing. Such a course is not for everyone, just leaders.
My Journey of Lean Learning: Eleven Corporate Transformations
Deere & Company
Jake Brake (Danaher)
What Is Lean?
What Toyota Does
Identifying and Removing Waste
A Problem-Identifying and Problem-Solving System
Chapter Measurement Can Be Easy
Understanding Financial Measures: Personal Examples
Toyota’s True North Metrics
How High Is High?
The Four True North Metrics in Detail
Delivery/Lead Time/Flow Improvement
Linking the True North Metrics with Financial Measures
Value Stream Analysis Provides the Improvement
Plan—And Kaizen Events Make It Happen
Taking a Walk to Create an Initial-State VSA
Initial-State VSA and the True North Metrics
Helping You See the Waste
Brainstorming to Create an Ideal-State Value Stream
Creating a Future-State Value Stream
Work Plan and Responsibilities
The Rule of X
A Model Value Stream
The Power of Weeklong Kaizen Events
Tactical Organizational Practices
The n/ Rule
Designing Improvement Teams
Key Event Failure Mode
The Percent Guideline
Other Lean Training
Strategic Organizational Practices
Lean Year by Year
Building a Lean Culture
The Building Blocks of Lean/Toyota Culture
Serve the Customer
Seek What’s Right, Regardless
Decide Carefully, Implement Quickly
Candidly Admit Imperfections
Speak Honestly and with Deep Respect
Go See and Listen to Learn (Genchi Gembutsu)
Deliver on Meaningful Challenges
Be a Mentor and a Role Model
The Action Plan
Giving Your Leadership Team Personal Experience
Challenging Your Team to Build Knowledge
President, Lean Investments, LLC
"Any senior executive serious about leading a lean transformation should start here. Koenigsaecker captures well the essence of sustained lean success, not just the feel-good kaizen event."
— Larry Culp, president and CEO, Danaher Corporation
"Koenigsaecker has spent more time transforming more organizations into lean enterprises than any other CEO. In this brief volume, he summarizes his 30 years of experimentation by describing lean, showing how to measure it, explaining the role of value stream analysis and kaizen, and providing a tactical and a strategic action plan for lean transformation."
— Jim Womack, chairman and founder, Lean Enterprise Institute
"This truly worked for us, and continues to make our Air Force better. The message comes with great stories and legendary examples to make Leading the Lean Enterprise Transformation readable for all."
— Michael W. Wynne, 21st Secretary, United States Air Force
"Koenigsaecker has been one of the most important mentors for me on our lean journey. His willingness to share his knowledge and experience with the ThedaCare team has been invaluable."
— John Toussaint, CEO, ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value
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