Feature Articles

Organize for Learning, Make Kaizen Stick

Features By: Michael Ballé
Michael Ballé

learning kaizen sustainability

ARTICLE - Organizing for learning is critical to sustaining your kaizen efforts and improving your company. Choose the right managers, make sure they can self-develop and develop others, and help lean to take root.

Is Lean Right or Left? Ballé Gets Political

Columns By: Michael Ballé
Michael Ballé

lean thinking politics

COLUMN - In political terms, is lean management more in line with conservative principles or progressive ideas? Michael Ballé reflects on a tough question.

A New Type of Management

Features By: Michael Ballé
Michael Ballé

lean management respect for people

ARTICLE - Mission creep, silos and a disengaged workforce are some of the negative effects of traditional management. Michael Ballé offers an alternative based on the respect for people principle of lean thinking.

Business Growth, Human Growth

Columns By: Michael Ballé
Michael Ballé

FEATURE - In his latest article, the author explains why pursuing human growth as part of our lean efforts is meaningless until we fully master our pull systems.

Still Toyota? What about Volkswagen?

Columns By: Michael Ballé
Michael Ballé

COLUMN - Michael Ballé on why Toyota still inspires him in a way that no other organization can, and on the lessons lean thinkers can learn from the two most successful carmakers.

Fast Thinking, Deep Thinking

Columns By: Michael Ballé
Michael Ballé

COLUMN - What does lean do for people in your organization? This column explores how their way of thinking changes as a culture of continuous improvement and problem solving takes root.

Organize Up: the Real Reward

Features By: Michael Ballé
Michael Ballé

FEATURE - The author addresses the ongoing debate on rewards and recognition, explaining how an optimal relationship between team members, team leaders and group leaders will influence motivation.

Cost-Cutting Made Smart

Columns By: Michael Ballé
Michael Ballé

FEATURE - What is the relationship between lean thinking and cost-cutting? Here's why you should focus on improvements as opposed to slashing a budget.

The Layoffs Taboo

Features By: Michael Ballé
Michael Ballé

ARTICLE - Can a company be considered lean if its improvement efforts result in layoffs? The author answers this frequently asked question drawing from his own experience dealing with organizations.

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