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Author and CEO Jim Lancaster tells a practical and inspiring story on two levels. It’s a close-up, candid look at his personal transformation as a leader. It’s also a practical, in-depth, business case study of Lantech’s lean transformation, relapse, and comeback that American manufacturing – and other industries – can use to profitably transform themselves.
Why Lantech, a stellar lean performer for a decade, struggled over time (like many other companies) to sustain gains and improve financial performance.
Why 60 to 90 minutes of daily frontline management activities are a CEO’s most important minutes of the day for sustaining and growing their business.
8 steps executives can take to lead experiments to create a bullet-proof, real-time daily management system without expensive consultants.
Why daily management requires a major shift in managers’ mindsets and behaviors from giving orders and judging individuals on performance to asking questions and enabling good work by people at lower levels so metrics are routinely met.
How daily management and sustainable continuous improvement produces dramatic positive effects on the bottom line.
What happens in daily huddles where team members review how well they are sustaining gains and staying on track.
How to practice true lean leadership in which “bosses” truly act like coaches — not solving problems for people but asking them what they can to do help.
How Lantech ties together all facets of the company in an integrated way (from sales to production).
Why Lantech deeply invests in the lean training and practice of every single employee every day.
Lean Blog Podcast Interview with Jim Lancaster
Industry Week: Beating the ‘Silent Enemy’ of Continuous Improvement
Lean Enterprise Institute Follow Up Q&A for Jim Lancaster’s Work of Management Webinar
Gemba Academy Podcast: Lean and Profitability with Jim Lancaster
Planet Lean: Avoid Deterioration of results with solid daily management
Benzinga: When Continuous Improvement Efforts Don’t Hit the Bottom Line
CME Manitoba YouTube: Beat the Silent Killer
Industry Today: Lantech CEO offers a close-up, candid look at his personal transformation as a leader and a practical, in-depth, story about lean management success, fall, and comeback
Lean Enterprise Institute: Jim Womack on the Work of Management Book on Vimeo
Award-Winning Author and CEO Explains How to Defeat the “Silent Enemy” of #Lean Continuous Improvement
The “Silent Enemy” of Continuous Improvement, a Webinar by Jim Womack on YouTube
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Lantech Blog: The Work of Management Addresses How to Avoid the Deterioration of Results
Lantech Blog: Lantech CEO Featured in Leading Trade Publication
I have always had a problem convincing CEOs of one simple thing. They need to take the time to go where value is actually created. They need to learn to see the work and to see how their management system utterly fails to support the daily work. My most important advice is to screw up your courage, put aside your daily distractions, and walk out into the work to see how value is created at the frontline.
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