Jim is also author of the new book, published by the Lean Enterprise Institute, titled The Work of Management: A Daily Path to Sustainable Improvement. You can read chapter 1 of the book via this PDF.
You can also check out a recent webinar that Jim presented through LEI.
In today's episode, we talk about the book, Lantech's multi-stage “Lean journey,” and some of his lessons learned along the way.
Thanks to LEI for arranging the interview and for the review copy of the book.
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Topics and Questions in the Episode
- Please introduce yourself and give us a quick snapshot of Lantech
- How did Lantech get to be featured in Lean Thinking?
- What happened after the book was released?
- You wrote about some examples of “faux lean thinking that had been allowed to continue for a decade.”
- What were your key lessons learned?
- Advice for others about avoiding “faux lean” or recovering from it?
- How would you describe your daily management system?
- What's the most important leadership mindset shift that's required?
- How would you summarize the results for Lantech from Lean?
- What are your next challenges?
- Have you ever tried to help hospital or health system CEOs in Louisville or Kentucky?
- What advice would you give to them as a leader?
- Focusing on “running the business” and not “being a Lean zealot”
- What problems does the business need to solve? Or is this “a hobby?”
- Why “pushing inventory on others” isn't really Lean
- Why process makes Lantech FASTER at making decisions
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