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Jan 20, 2015

How Lean Leaders Really Show Respect1

As leaders, when we challenge people to learn new ways of thinking and doing, we are showing them the greatest type of respect possible....More
Oct 19, 2014

Hoshin Kanri Helps Toyota Improve for the Long Term

Thanks to lessons learned from the recession, Toyota will be ready for the next economic downturn because of intensive and continuous improvement....More
Aug 19, 2014

Lean Leaders Need to Ask Why

Going and seeing and asking why incessantly is critical to effective leadership....More
Jun 19, 2014

Practice Seeing to be a Better Lean Leader1

When you go to gemba to observe a process, are you only spending time looking, or are you going to actively and deliberately SEE?....More
Jun 09, 2014

O Recall, Recall! Wherefore Art Thou Recall?1

Why are automotive recalls almost exclusively an American phenomenon?....More
May 12, 2014

What is Enterprise Lean and How do we Get There?

There is a large gap between the theory and the practice of enterprise lean....More
Apr 11, 2014

Are You Really Different? Lean Flow for Skilled Repair Work

A story about how an aircraft repair facility, made up of many skilled tradesmen, was transformed into an effective lean team....More
Karyn Ross, Liker Leadership Institute
Mar 14, 2014

Micromanage the Process by Respecting People2

Micromanagement doesn't have to be viewed as a negative if you manage the process so that team members can be successful....More
Mar 07, 2014

Is OEE a Useful Key Performance Indicator?

The only good argument for OEE is that at a macro-level in a plant it provides a high level picture of how your equipment is functioning....More
Feb 10, 2014

Is Lean a Waste Elimination Program or Striving for Excellence?1

Focusing on problems in the current state drains our energy, while building a positive future vision to strive for builds positive energy for change....More
Karyn Ross
Jan 31, 2014

Improve People First1

When we teach our team members to identify and solve problems, we give our organization the competitive edge needed to satisfy and create loyal....More
John Drogosz
Jan 24, 2014

Lean Product and Process Development1

Lean Product Development is about eliminating waste not just in development processes but across the enterprise....More
Dr. Mark Jaben
Jan 17, 2014

How Your Brain Gets In The Way: Why Lean Works and When It Doesn't

Is the way your brain works a barrier to or a facilitator of change?....More
Jan 10, 2014

Continuous Improvement Is Not Enough1

Improvement is not enough; direction is needed to complete the equation....More
Dec 27, 2013

Getting Holiday Gifts through Lean: Zingerman's Mail Order

Before lean, it seemed to take Zingerman's 50 weeks to recover from a two-week tsunami of holiday orders....More

Jeffrey K. Liker

Dr. Jeffrey K. Liker is Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan and a professional speaker and advisor through his company Liker Lean Advisors (LLI), an...

George Trachilis

George Trachilis is a co-founder and president of the Lean Leadership Institute. He is also the founder and president of an international consulting company created in 2001. A Professional Engineer,...
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