As we mentioned in previous blogs, the Lean Business System Reference Model™ is a holistic, enterprise-wide, technology-enabled, and culturally grounded adaptive systematic process of improvement. The reference model integrates the behavioral “kata” attributes of cultural development, and the integration of emerging technology, aligning strategic improvement to today’s global business and economic challenges. This blog provides a client example of how the reference model helped to achieve new breakthroughs in improvement and operating performance. [Read more…] about Are You Ready For The Facts About Your Lean Initiative?
And how do you know? Ask a dozen experts to define a Lean Business System and you will receive a dozen different answers. Most answers will be centered around discussions about production tools, principles, and terminology. What’s wrong with this picture? If an organization cannot define this answer precisely, they cannot measure performance and improve how they improve.
If you have been around as a practitioner long enough, you have observed the evolution of what most organizations are currently attempting to replicate with mixed results: The Toyota Production System (TPS). This particular evolution of improvement began in the 1980s when Japan’s automotive, consumer electronics, appliance, heavy equipment, and many other industries stepped up the game of global competitiveness through the creative and meticulous application of basic industrial engineering, process improvement, quality management, and other continuous improvement fundamentals. They also created and continuously nurtured a very special soul-building DNA (improvement kata and coaching kata) into their culture with the deep moral conscience of a religion. [Read more…] about How Effective is Your Lean Business System?
Many executives continue to struggle their way through our dawdling and uncertain economy. Today organizations are so overloaded with multitasking immediate crisis after crisis that their people become ineffective at everything. The highest performing organizations have figured out how to break out of this trap. We are all in a new “improve or die” economy that requires a new way of thinking and a more nimble style of leadership.. [Read more…] about Adaptive Leadership: Mastering the Cycle of Reckoning, Renewal, and Enlightenment