The Key to a Successful Lean Journey? Leadership!

A friend of mine, Kurt Woolley at Intel, has written an article for Industry Week that is quite popular. I thought I would share it here. It’s title is:

The Key to a Successful Lean Journey? Leadership!

Kurt talks about some of my favorite topics in leading lean. He focuses on 4 key roles of a lean leader:

  1. Removing ambiguity by teaching the organization to structure and standardize its activities;
  2. Reinforcing and working on the system by helping people identify and solve problems;
  3. Constantly setting the vision and ideal state… which creates healthy tension in the system; and
  4. Practicing new learnings through application, application, application.

I encourage you to enjoy Kurt’s article and experiences.

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Jamie Flinchbaugh is a lean advisor, speaker, and author. In addition to co-founding the Lean Learning Center, he has helped build nearly 20 companies as either a co-founder, board member, advisor, or angel investor. These companies range from high-performance motorcycles to SaaS tools for continuous improvement. He has advised over 300 companies around the world in lean transformation, including Intel, Harley-Davidson, Crayola, BMW, and Amazon. Jamie co-authored the popular book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean, and continues to share his experiences as a Contributing Editor forIndustryWeek and as a blogger at JamieFlinchbaugh.com. He holds degrees from Lehigh University, University of Michigan, and MIT, and continues to teach and mentor on campus. Jamie is best known for helping to transform how we think about lean from a tools-centric model to one based on principles and behaviors. His passion for lean transformation comes from seeking to unlock the great potential that people possess to build inspiring organizations.

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