Leading the Lean Initiative: Straight Talk on Cultivating Support and Buy-in

1st Edition

John W. Davis

Productivity Press
Published May 31, 2001
Reference - 272 Pages
ISBN 9781563272479 - CAT# PP7247

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In his latest offering, John Davis tackles the "human" side of a lean initiative -- cultivating a lean culture and gaining employee buy-in. How managers deal with these issues will ultimately determine their success.

Leading the Lean Initiative: Straight Talk on Cultivating Support and Buy-in shows you how to lead a lean effort and effectively manage change. It is a practical manual for the new manager. Though directed at plant managers, and specifically those new to their jobs, this book benefits anyone taking on a leadership role. Davis provides complete direction on the crucial first steps and advise on competently responding to the "unknown and unexpected."

In addition the book covers how to:

  • Gain the respect and active support of the workforce.
  • Work effectively with unions and customers.
  • Create a culture for change.
  • Actively seek out key people in your organization.
  • Diplomatically buck the system.
  • Extend lean to the entire enterprise.
  • Develop and effectively earmark your plan for operation.
  • Cultivate a winning relationship with your boss.
  • Deal with major setbacks in business conditions.

    Throughout the text, Davis weaves the story of Jim Warring, a plant manager who is new to the job, detailing his frustrations, challenges, and accomplishments, and how he handles the daily responsibilities of a plant manager. At the end of each chapter, Davis rates Warring on how he performed in his role as plant manager and as a leader of the plant's lean initiative by presenting "The Warring Scorecard." Davis points out where he succeeded, and where he made some serious mistakes.

    Leading the Lean Initiative: Straight Talk on Cultivating Support and Buy-in, is a valuable resource or all managers in any industry. This book will show you how to effectively lead in your organization and how to cultivate a cooperative environment.


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