A question came in from a blog reader — simple question with no simple or easy answers:
Who are the Lean Thinking CEOs?
My first thought is Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, for his famous customer obsession and belief in long-term thinking (as shown in this good video that’s been all over the lean blogosphere, including the LSS Academy). I heard recently that Bezos actually participated first hand in a kaizen event, which is pretty momentous for a CEO to do.
Who else is there in the large Fortune 500 space? Is it more likely to find a “lean CEO” in a smaller, private, or family business?
There are lean thinking healthcare CEOs:
- Gary Kaplan, Virginia Mason Medical Center
- John Toussaint, ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value
- Paul Levy, Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center
- Fred Slunecka, Avera McKennan
Who else would you add to the list, for any industry? Create a blog comment or I’ve asked people to post on twitter under the hash tag #leanCEO.
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