Offer Your Employees a Partnership, or They'll Leave

Opinion pieces By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

talent retainment digital revolutionOPINION – The digital revolution has forever changed the nature of employment: today's workers have more choice and employers competing for them than ever before. It's about time our approach to HR reflected that.

The Trade-Offs of Lean

Profiles By: Roberto Priolo
Roberto Priolo

lean leadership profile Cecile RochePROFILE – We may think it is cut and dried, but lean thinking is, in fact, full of paradoxes and trade-offs. According to Cécile Roche, learning to navigate them is one of the defining traits of a lean leader.

Three Challenges Banks Face, and How Lean IT Can Help

Features By: Marie-Pia Ignace
Marie-Pia Ignace

challenges banking lean itFEATURE – The banking sector is floundering in the face of heavy regulation and increased competition from fintechs. So what can banks do? The author suggests they embrace lean IT in order to change their ways.

Let's Think of Lean as a Strategy

Interviews By: Michael Ballé
Michael Ballé

Michael Balle on lean strategyINTERVIEW – In this interview, Michael Ballé discusses lean thinking as a strategy, how to unearth problems, and the best (or only) way to initiate a lean transformation.

Leadership Lessons from Donald Trump

Opinion pieces By: Daniel Markovitz
Daniel Markovitz

OPINION – Tomorrow, January 20, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as 45th President of the United States. What can his campaign and dumbfounding victory teach us about leadership?

John Shook: Here's Why Lean Keeps Thriving

Interviews By: Roberto Priolo
Roberto Priolo

John Shook lean thinking interviewINTERVIEW – In this must-read Q&A, our editor sits down with lean guru John Shook to discuss the meaning of failure, the nature of innovation, and the resilience of our movement.

The (He)art of Lean

Features By: Catherine Chabiron
Catherine Chabiron

Hôpital Lariboisière lean in healthcareNOTES FROM THE GEMBA – On this gemba walk in the cardiology department of a Parisian hospital, the author discovers how the team is changing its internal dynamics and processes to make lean their way of thinking.

The Right People in the Right Place

Features By: Ian Glenday
Ian Glenday

Glenday dedicated equipmentFEATURE – If we have high-volume (green) and low-volume (red) items in our production schedule, doesn’t it make sense to also have dedicated green and red equipment whenever possible?

Turning Lean to Wire up the Emirates

Features By: Hassan Omar
Hassan Omar

Ducab lean journeyFEATURE – With an open-minded approach to improvement tools, a long history of quality and engaged top leaders, wire manufacturer Ducab aims to fulfil the strategic needs of the Emirates.

Every Person Matters

Case studies By: Sharon Visser
Sharon Visser

Ngami dealership storyCASE STUDY – The story of how a humble leader, who recognizes the importance and contribution of each individual to the company’s success, is making a car dealership in Botswana a fantastic example of lean transformation.

Reader's Choice - Our 2016 Top Ten

Features By: Planet Lean
Planet Lean

top 10 planet lean 2016CONTENT ROUNDUP - Happy New Year, readers! Before kicking things off for 2017 with new, original content, we wanted to share with you the Top 10 of the most-read Planet Lean articles from last year.

Out with the Old, in with the Lean

Features By: Roberto Priolo
Roberto Priolo

planet lean content 2016EDITOR’S LETTER – What a year 2016 has been! Many of us will be happy to see it go, but with challenging times comes a great opportunity for reflection. Our editor looks back at the best content of the past year.

Let’s Make Jobs Great

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

jim womack great jobsWOMACK'S YOKOTEN – Small firms represent the backbone of the economy, and there is no doubt lean can help them improve and grow – by making the jobs they offer great. Without it, countries won't be great either.

Is Technology Taking Away Our Ability to Think?

Columns By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

technology innovationOPINION – In a competitive and unpredictable market, the temptation to rely on technology is always strong, but experience proves that there is no better support than people's ability to learn and adapt to new situations.

What If We Saw Our Firm as a Tree?

Features By: Michael Ballé
Michael Ballé

lean tree balléFEATURE – We are used to seeing the organization as a mechanical entity, but how can a machine possible change and improve? We must change our mental model and learn to see the lean enterprise as a growing plant.

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