The Lean Shut-Down of Toyota Australia

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

Toyota Australia lean thinkingWOMACK'S YOKOTEN – On October 3, Toyota will cease its manufacturing operations in Australia, but the way it is managing the transition - in the leanest way possible - holds great lessons for us all.

United… Against Customer Value

Columns By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

Boaz Tamir on United AirlinesCOLUMN – Last month a video surfaced of a passenger being forcibly removed from an overbooked United Airlines flight and the Internet went ablaze. What does this story tell us about the relationship between profitability and customer value?

LEI at 20 – Where Are We Going Next?

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

LEI turns 20 hanseiWOMACK'S YOKOTEN – As the Lean Enterprise Institute turns 20, its founder provides us with a bit of hansei on where we are and where we are going next as a community, and on what challenges we might tackle.

A Countermeasure to B-School Education

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

WOMACK’S YOKOTEN – Somehow surprisingly, management schools teach very little about management, and when they do all learning is classroom-based. Instead, they should go to the gemba.

The Lean Engine

Opinion pieces By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

lean innovation unleashedOPINION – Our systems to develop new products are slow and inadequate for the ever-changing markets we have to work in. The author describes the three lean elements that will unlock your potential to innovate.

Keeping Pace

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

Jim Womack daily managementWOMACK'S YOKOTEN – Effective daily management is still hard to achieve for most organizations. But until line managers start tackling problems first hand as they emerge, rather than deferring and delegating them, basic stability will remain a mirage.

Consulting Should Always Be Humble

Opinion pieces By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

Boaz Tamir on humble consultingOPINION – After reading the latest book by Edgar H. Schein, the author reflects on the nature of consulting and management, and explains why humility must become a defining trait of both.

What Would Lean Trade Look Like?

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

Jim Womack on lean tradeWOMACK'S YOKOTEN – Between the upcoming Brexit negotiations and the protectionist stance of the new US Administration, trade is making the headlines once again. But what would trade look like in a world of lean organizations?

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.

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?

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.

The Answer Man

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

womack yokoten answer manWOMACK'S YOKOTEN – As a first instinct, most of us tend to provide answers and solutions rather than ask questions. In this month's Yokoten, Jim Womack provides advice on how to fight this behavior and become a coach.

From Individual Brilliance to Team Innovation

Opinion pieces By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

group innovation lean thinkingOPINION – Development managers and start-up entrepreneurs are under the illusion that innovation is just the work of especially talented individuals, but in today's world resource sharing and teamwork are preferable.

Once Lean, Always Lean?

Opinion pieces By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

Wells Fargo scandal lean cultureOPINION – The latest banking scandal had us all wonder whether Wells Fargo has lost its way. But how does a pioneering bank that once had lean at its heart betray its core values so profoundly?

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