I'd like to welcome our latest Lean Blog contributor, Bill Hanover (his first post is here). Bill has been a frequent participant with the blog, posting many comments about articles and sharing many emails with me about lean.
A little about Bill (or “Just Bill” — JB, as his handle). I think it's interesting that Bill has a background in Psychology. Understanding people and leading change is as much about psychology as it is about business. I know he's passionate about the human side of lean, which I really appreciate.
Bill is a “roll your sleeves up and go for it” Lean enthusiast. During the past eleven years he has been helping a diverse manufacturing clientele achieve World Class Excellence in a wide variety of settings. With experience in aerospace, sporting goods, steel making, cable manufacturing, ultraviolet equipment, machining, housing products, printing, and many other industries, Bill has learned to apply the lessons and tools of Lean in very diverse environments to achieve outstanding and lasting results.
Holding an M.S. in psychology, Bill is a student of human behavior and interaction. He uses this perspective to draw upon the untapped motivation and enthusiasm available in every employee. “The right stuff is already there, you just need to allow and encourage people to contribute and they will almost always surprise and amaze you”. Helping companies become Lean and empowering people to achieve World Class results are his professional passion.
Creating a culture that embraces Lean can be challenging and rewarding. Bill's experience has taught him that knowing where to begin is half the battle. When we use the tools of Lean to achieve critical results we must ensure they are being applied where they will do the most good. Through careful evaluation, and a systematic approach, Bill helps companies take the Lean journey with confidence and immediate returns on resource investment.
Among the principals in the Organization Development department at Morton International/Autoliv, Bill was privileged to co-facilitate the early stages of their Lean transformation. Autoliv has become a world leader in automotive safety products and a supreme example of World Class Excellence, winning the Shingo Prize for Manufacturing Excellence in 2003.
“Our journey to Lean literally started with the question: What is Lean? From there we read all the right books, asked the important questions, used the skills and talents from some of Toyota's finest Sensei's, created curriculums, and began implementing Lean quite vigorously”.
This ground-floor implementation experience created a strong Lean foundation from which Bill draws a host of lessons to benefit clients beginning their Lean journey.
Check out his website at www.tpslean.com for a number of articles (including “Mere Mortal Managers” and “Low Tech Lean“) and for more information on how to contact Bill. I'm looking forward to having more of Bill's thoughts here on the Lean Blog.
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