Overrated: Business ‘superstars’



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 professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


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