Lean Leadership is written for a very specific but large audience. The entire business world is aggressively pursing “lean” in all of its manifestations. Lean manufacturing, lean operations, lean service and so on are becoming the mantra of competition squeezed business. Lean Leadership addresses this audience in a manner that no other book on the market matches. Lean Leadership provides senior managers and leaders with an in-depth and broad exposure to the fundamental background knowledge and implementation methods that drive all enterprises that are successful over the long-term. It has been the author's experience, as both an executive and a consultant, that senior managers are willing and eager to do all that is required of them to lead their portion of an organization to success. Difficulties arise not because senior managers lack energy, but because they don't always fully understand how and why many required actions are necessary. The mechanics of lean systems (kaizen, pull systems, flexible cells, and so on) are simple in concept and thus appear easy to implement. Yet, few organizations are able to implement "lean" the first time they try. The most important implementation insights involve overcoming resistance, establishing a common set of tools and approaches that everyone uses, and dealing with implementation issues every day, hands-on, at the work group level. Lean Leadership provides a comprehensive overview of the individual, group and organization mechanisms that energize a lean organization and provides all of the tools and methodologies needed to get started on a successful lean implementation.
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Dr. William Lareau is an expert in lean manufacturing systems. Bill served as a manufacturing executive with ITT and General Dynamics. He worked for several years with Ford Motor Company in process improvement and statistical methods; directed an operations research group; and was a division manager for Vie de France. His operational improvement work has benefited a diverse list of clients globally, including Compaq, Chrysler, Lockheed Martin, Philips, Teledyne, Eaton, Budweiser, Motorola, and Newell-Rubbermaid.
Bill recently became a member of The Kaufman Consulting Group, LLC, an implementation services firm. He is the firm's thought leader in the areas of lean operations, implementation, and world-class competitiveness. Bill regularly speaks to executive leadership teams regarding lean systems and the dynamics of organizational change. A licensed psychologist, Bill holds a Ph.D. from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and has been a teaching faculty member at the University of California, University of Dayton, University of Louisville and Loyola College.
In addition to unparalleled industry and consulting experience, Dr. Lareau has published several books, including The American Samuari, Conduct Expected, and The Businessuses of American't and Change.Review:
"Lean Leadership is going to be the next 'must read' text in the business world." -- Jerry Sanders, Vice President & General Manager, Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.
Lean Leadership is an excellent overview of lean concepts and tools and how to implement them within an organization. -- Remo Mastroianni, Quality Director, Walbridge Aldinger
Lean Leadership is going to be the next "must read" text in the business world. -- Jerry Sanders, Vice President & General Manager, Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.
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