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Our Visit to Toyota

Interviews By: John Shook
John Shook

John Shook in Toyota City with the LGNINTERVIEW – For its 10th anniversary, the Lean Global Network went to Japan for a study mission. Our editor spoke with John Shook on a Shinkansen platform after four days in Toyota City and Nagoya.

Knowledge Belongs to Everyone in the Organization

Columns By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

knowledge for everyone lean companiesCOLUMN – As lean teaches us, a command-and-control approach to management is bound to fail. What we need instead is trust in people, and decentralization of knowledge.

How We Grew Our Car Sales by 400%

Features By: Calvin Govender , Charmaine Lategan & Dale Thomas
Calvin Govender , Charmaine Lategan & Dale Thomas

lean sales Halfway OtteryFEATURE – For the first article in our series on the Halfway transformation, we asked the Sales team to tell us about how they apply lean to selling cars in a challenging social context.

Lean Coaching to Improve Education

Interviews By: Tony Lamberton
Tony Lamberton

christleton school lean educationINTERVIEW – Christleton Learning Trust in the UK is running several lean experiments across its three schools. We spoke with its CEO, who told us how coaching is supporting the transformation.

Don’t Be One-Dimensional in Your Lean Transformation

Features By: René Aernoudts
René Aernoudts

lean transformation multidimensional René AernoudtsFEATURE – Because each lean transformation is unique, we can't expect an off-the-shelf solution to work. The author discusses multi-dimensional transformations and how we can be flexible but also structured.

Alive and Well

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

lean global network at Shokki plant WOMACK’S YOKOTEN – Last week, during a study mission in Japan, the Lean Global Network visited Toyota. Here, Jim shares his thoughts on what we saw and learned.

Coaching Young Californians to Make Them Independent

Interviews By: The Beyond Emancipation Team
The Beyond Emancipation Team

lean coaching Beyond EmancipationINTERVIEW – An organization in the San Francisco Bay Area is using coaching to increase its impact on the lives of foster youth. We had a chat with an extraordinary group of women to learn how they are doing it.

A Lean Night in Moscow

Features By: Vyacheslav Boltrukevich
Vyacheslav Boltrukevich

LGN distance lean learningFEATURE – When done well, distance learning can be as effective as direct participation in a summit. The author reflect on a recent experiment and wonders whether distance makes the heart grow… leaner.

How Lean Helped a Start-Up Manage Its Growth

Features By: Catherine Chabiron
Catherine Chabiron

Aramis Auto gamba lean startupNOTES FROM THE GEMBA – Catherine’s gemba walks are back after the summer break. This month, she visits a start-up that is using lean to manage its growth, and learns about its management’s extraordinary turnaround.

Better Managing Processes to Fight Heart Attacks

Features By: Eduardo Novaes , Bruno Battaglia & Flávio Battaglia
Eduardo Novaes , Bruno Battaglia & Flávio Battaglia

hospital Aliança lean healthcareFEATURE – Long waiting times are bad for both patients and hospitals, but when we talk about heart attacks reducing them becomes a moral imperative. Here’s how Hospital Aliança in Brazil is doing it.

A Strategy in Search of Its Strategist

Features By: Jacques Chaize
Jacques Chaize

lean strategy for CEOsFEATURE – Do CEOs see lean as a strategy? The author – himself a CEO for many years – debunks the misconceptions often preventing senior leaders from doing so.  

Your Demise Isn’t Bad Luck. It’s Bad Strategy

Columns By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

strategy for success Boaz TamirOPINION – The rise and fall of organizations does not depend on chance or bad luck. It generally stems from a fundamentally flawed strategic approach that fails to define a purpose, alienates workers and ignores customers.

All The Green Waste Hidden in Your Digital Tech

Features By: Kelly Singer
Kelly Singer

green waste lean thinking digital techFEATURE – Not many people know that digital technology and the IT industry are rife with environmental waste. Discovering it and eliminating early can have beneficial effects on both the business world and the planet.   

Dealing with Lean

Case studies By: Roberto Priolo
Roberto Priolo

documentary Halfway Toyota lean thinkingDOCUMENTARY – In PL’s first ever documentary, we share the story of a chain of car dealerships in Africa. Watch and learn how people development and lean leadership made for one of the best turnarounds you’ll ever encounter.

Are You Properly Practicing PDCA?

Features By: Drew Locher , Bethany Foy & Mike Merrick
Drew Locher , Bethany Foy & Mike Merrick

Practicing PDCA Drew LocherFEATURE – In lean, we talk about PDCA all the time… but do we actually practice it as we should? The authors discuss what makes for successful continuous improvement.

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