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The Going Lean Fieldbook by Stephen A. RUFFA

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CHAPTER 3

The Road to Lean Advancement

GOING LEAN BEGAN with a simple observation: “Excellence is best seen in a crisis.” The way in which a business responds when confronted with a major challenge points to its deeper capabilities, not only for avoiding the dramatic breakdowns so widely seen today, but for reaching forward to embrace fresh opportunities and set new value standards as business conditions continue to evolve.

The value curve is particularly powerful because it clearly depicts this phenomenon by graphically illustrating firms’ bottom-line capabilities for sustaining steady value across the breadth of conditions they might face. Those demonstrating greater preparedness and adaptability within today’s dynamic conditions often advance ...

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