Volume 1 / Issue 8 / July 4, 2016
Worthy tips from the Universe
You are NOT alone!
The Lean Universe is with you…
Guide to Senior Team & Leadership Development
Our thanks to Roberto Priolo, and Planet Lean for sharing something that many of us encounter!
When middle managers are stressed and overworked, there is no time left for them to improve. Does this sound familiar? According to Wiebe Nijdam, Director of the Lean Management Instituut, “Changing the interaction between leaders and teams, using lean principles and empowering people, can truly ignite your transformation.”
As Wiebe puts it, “Lean can be frustrating at times. It is all too common to see organizations draw their value stream maps, coach their people, diligently apply their lean tools and yet fail to turn around. It is hard to accept that results are not coming when we think we are doing everything the way we are supposed to.
We at Lean Management Instituut have been looking into this to try to identify the missing link. While there are a million reasons a lean transformation can fail to produce the desired results, one element seems to come back over and over again: the interaction between the leader and the team the leader works with.” His team looks at a typical initial situation in an organization that is struggling to progress on its lean journey.
Lean Sources for Summer Learning
The Lean Enterprise Institute
This remains the largest reservoir of all elements of lean. We continue to recommend this resource link to your ‘inventory of Lean help-mates and learning materials’. This is the organization that sent Lean viral after 1990 – and especially after the publishing of Lean Thinking. It is so vast – and here is a tip – that you enter the site with a question or a specific aspect you want to know. Otherwise it can be overwhelming.
Planet Lean is an executive-level source edited in Europe by a good friend Roberto Priolo who selects the best from leaders at the cutting edge of lean implementation – from any and all fields. The next ATJ eLetter will carry an article first published June 28th by Roberto of Jim Womack’s insight applying Lean in farming. It’s timely because of the growing interest in applying lean in harvesting value from oceans, the prairies, and agriculture everywhere. Through story-telling, in-depth analysis and thought-provoking opinion, Planet Lean strives to become the number one source of information on lean available to today’s lean practitioners and leaders.
NEW this month: Prairie Manufacturer Magazine
The new Prairie Manufacturer Magazine is a quarterly, executive-level publication, providing strategic, in-depth insight and information to senior manufacturing leaders in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. To learn more about the magazine and its editorial focus click on there title above.
The Gemba Academy
Enjoy the largest ‘reservoir’ of DVD/CDs including over 1000 Continuous Improvement lessons on the Web. Our consortia have used them when ‘When reading about a lean issue is just not enough’. Co-founded by Kevin Meyer who originated the earlier 60,000 member Superfactory many will remember.
Want to see Lean in Action this October?
Want to talk to those who have implemented lean (And are not consultants)? Bring a key team with you to get things going upon return? Take a workshop from top providers endorsed by manufacturers? Get a handle on Lean and where it is going? Then check out the largest Lean conference in the world this year – The 2016 Association for Manufacturing Excellence in Dallas October 24-28. Find the program at the link above.
Your editor is now finally (at last) relocated in Penticton BC! And things are getting back to normal. Following these summer issues, which share past excellence and thinking. They are still valuable but yet much unexploited – I am told. Sincerely looking for folks who will share their ‘learning moments’! If you’d like to share yours, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 236-422-2995.
Looking forward to a great fall.