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Overrated: Business ‘superstars’

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USATODAY.com

This article, although about CEO's, made me think about leadership styles and lean. Whether a CEO or not, do the most effective managers always try to be in the limelight? Is the typical mindset one that managers do everything, especially executive leaders, when a company succeeds? How many times do we heard about the CEO who “cut inventory” or “improved efficiency.” I'd argue it's a rare CEO who truly does these things themself. How does Toyota's CEO, Fujio Cho, fit in? Although Toyota is a widely admired company and financially very successful, why do we not see him on the cover of Newsweek? Is that because of a humility that comes with being a “lean leader”? What do you think?

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is an anthology titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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