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The Lean Turnaround: How Business Leaders Use Lean Principles to Create Value and Transform Their Company by James P. Womack, Art Byrne

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CHAPTER 7

What Lean Leaders Do

Implementing a Lean strategy takes time. It is a journey, not a sprint. As a result, without strong, committed leadership over a long period of time, most Lean transformations will fail. Introducing Lean is one thing, but keeping it going is where the leadership work is really required. CEOs are rarely interested in such radical change in the first place (they are busy), but the real challenge comes from their need to shift from managing to leading in order to have any chance of success. As a Lean leader, you will have to lead from the front in a hands-on way. Constantly insist on the Lean fundamentals (takt time, one-piece flow, standard work, and pull). Be willing to take a lot of “leaps of faith” to achieve extraordinary ...

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