Michael Ballè

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Michael Ballé on the gemba cardinal sins hindering kaizen

FEATURE – What are the immediate signs that tell us that our workplace is not conducive to kaizen? The author draws on his experience as a coach at the gemba to highlight them. Look out for them in your own company!
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Michael Ballé on last week’s Lean Summit in Lyon

INTERVIEW - Last week's Lean Summit in Lyon was a great success. We asked Michael Ballé of the Institut Lean France why that was, what the key takeaways were, and what was new in this edition.
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Can lean support strategy as much as it does operations?

FEATURE – Does lean management help us at strategic level as much as it does operationally? What’s the strategic thinking behind lean thinking? Michael Ballé answers these questions by looking back at some of history’s great military strategists.
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Lean Summit France 2016: a networking opportunity

ARTICLE - Networking and learning from other practitioners is for many the number-one reason to attend a lean event. The Lean Summit France 2016, in Lyon on April 6-8, will be a great opportunity to network with like-minded people and to understand how a lean CEO thinks.
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Orry Fiume: a lean strategy can really improve your ROI

RESEARCH – Every advocate of lean with a skeptical boss has been asked “What’s the ROI of lean?” at least once. This landmark article explains that lean can indeed help us to achieve a superior ROI, so long as we view it as an all-encompassing strategy rather than a simple tactic.

Starting out with lean thinking? Refer to the original TPS

FEATURE ARTICLE – Starting off a lean journey is no easy feat, and existing models won’t tell you what the next steps are. That’s why you should go back to basics and let the Toyota Production System “house” from the mid-1980s show you the way.
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Dan Jones on the new Gold Mine Trilogy Study Guide

REVIEW - The Ballés' novels - The Gold Mine, The Lean Manager and Lead With Respect - have greatly contributed to the advancement of lean thinking by enthusing practitioners the world over. Now, a new Study Guide will help leaders to teach lean to their teams.

Michael Ballé identifies a set of lean management values to live by

FEATURE ARTICLE – If we see lean thinking as a paradigm, which we do, then we should be able to define a set of values this paradigm is built on. So, are there lean ethics? Michael Ballé identifies 10 undisputed lean values, plus one.
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Ballé: lean thinking is the only way to become adaptive

ARTICLE - Michael Ballé shares a few thoughts on leadership and respect for people, and tells us why lean management is the only way to make adaptive change a way of life.
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Michael Ballé on helping lean thinking and kaizen take root

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.
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Is lean management more conservative or progressive?

COLUMN - In political terms, is lean management more in line with conservative principles or progressive ideas? Michael Ballé reflects on a tough question.
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Why respect for people and lean are the only way forward

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.
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Survive big company disease with lean and customer value

ARTICLE - To operate successfully we need systems, but as we grow these often give us "big company disease." The solution is bringing leadership at work level to really guarantee customer satisfaction.
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What’s senior leaders’ standard work in a lean enterprise?

RESEARCH - Standard work is not meant for senior leadership, but there are activities that CEOs can carry out systematically to support a lean management system, starting from problem solving.

“The core of a lean transformation”

BOOK REVIEW - For our series of Q&As on recently published novel Lead With Respect, Marcus Chao tells us about Michael Ballé's evolution as a sensei and the impact the book can have in China.

“The learning path of a leader”

BOOK REVIEW – For our series of Q&As on recently published novel Lead With Respect, René Aernoudts shares what the key lessons learnt were for him.

“A story of personal awakening”

BOOK REVIEW - In the first of a series of Q&As on the recently published novel Lead With Respect by Freddy and Michael Ballé, Dan Jones explains why this book is a must-read.

Book review – Lead With Respect

REVIEW - Michael and Freddy Ballé’s new novel, which came out this week, will help readers to understand what it really means to be a lean leader and respect people.