books

A leadership book for the new leader

03.05.2015

You are a talented engineer. You’ve lead technical research and product development teams. But running a team is one thing. Now you’re promoted to a role where leading is just about all you need to do. That’s a great time to pick up a book from my friend Stephanie Olexa titled The L.E.A.R.N.E.D. Leader. L.E.A.R.N.E.D […]

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A must-read leadership book: Leadership Without Excuses

02.15.2015

There are 1,000s of leadership books out there. And for good reason. Leadership is one of the secret weapons of success whether it be in lean transformation in a Fortune 50 company or running a 3-person startup or running a high school science class. It’s really far too important to be condensed to one topic…leadership. […]

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How “flat” should an organization really be? Zappos eliminates managers

01.09.2014

Lean means getting rid of managers, developing a flat organizational structure, and abdicating all responsibilities to the front line employees. Right? Too many people just read that without twitching. But it’s wrong. That’s not lean at all. Before going too far, lean also doesn’t mean adding organizational layers. There is no “right” organizational design, but […]

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Startup CEO – learning is a key to success

12.18.2013

I just completed reading Startup CEO by Matt Blumberg, CEO for the successful startup Return Path. Overall, this was an excellent book for a first-time CEO. For someone with more experience, there will be many sections of the book that is unnecessary. But beyond the more tactical advice, there is an excellent broader perspective shared […]

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Best books on enlightened workforce leadership

12.12.2013

IndustryWeek Editor-in-Chief Patricia Panchak wrote a blog post that caught my eye: The Best Books on Enlightened Workforce Management. Of course, enlightened is a tough word because it can mean different things to different people. Here’s her list of what she calls “old faithfuls”. I love Max DePree, some of my favorite quotes come from […]

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eBook published on A3 Problem Solving

02.14.2012

We are still very proud of our book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean, that has done very well over the past few years. The book publishing world is changing, very rapidly. I’ve had one of the big publishers ask me about doing another book. I’m not ready for that yet. But it also begs the […]

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The Death of a Guru: Eli Goldratt

06.12.2011

Yesterday we lost a legendary guru in the field of continuous improvement, Eli Goldratt (1948 – 2011). Goldratt is most famous for the creation of the Theory of Constraints. His landmark book, The Goal, is something that every single person trying to improve any process should read. Over 3 million copies were sold. The Goal […]

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Highlights from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean

06.02.2011

Earlier today Mark Graban posted on the frequent highlights from Lean Hospitals. I am an avid Kindle user. I’ve loved as I’m reading (right now The House of Morgan ) the ability to see what other people have been highlighting. I never realized you could see the popular highlights accumulated like this. So thanks for […]

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Don’t Limit Your Sources of Learning

02.11.2011

Everyone wants to copy the best. That’s why companies such as Toyota and General Electric have been popular sources of benchmarking. That’s why Chrysler was so highly benchmarked when we were the most profitable car company. In the lean community, I have observed a common practice of filtering ideas based on whether they come from […]

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How to read a book in an hour

06.16.2010

For those of you who have taken our Lean Experience, you know we have a very structured multi-step process to kick things off in which approximately 40 people read books, distill them to key points, share them with other, build common themes and ideas and prepare a presentation. A part of that is reading a […]

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