1st Edition

Leading the Lean Initiative
Straight Talk on Cultivating Support and Buy-in

ISBN 9781563272479
Published May 31, 2001 by Productivity Press
272 Pages

USD $71.95

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Book Description

In his latest offering, John Davis tackles the "human" side of a lean initiative -- cultivating a lean culture and gaining employee buy-in. How managers deal with these issues will ultimately determine their success.

Leading the Lean Initiative: Straight Talk on Cultivating Support and Buy-in shows you how to lead a lean effort and effectively manage change. It is a practical manual for the new manager. Though directed at plant managers, and specifically those new to their jobs, this book benefits anyone taking on a leadership role. Davis provides complete direction on the crucial first steps and advise on competently responding to the "unknown and unexpected."

In addition the book covers how to:

  • Gain the respect and active support of the workforce.
  • Work effectively with unions and customers.
  • Create a culture for change.
  • Actively seek out key people in your organization.
  • Diplomatically buck the system.
  • Extend lean to the entire enterprise.
  • Develop and effectively earmark your plan for operation.
  • Cultivate a winning relationship with your boss.
  • Deal with major setbacks in business conditions.

    Throughout the text, Davis weaves the story of Jim Warring, a plant manager who is new to the job, detailing his frustrations, challenges, and accomplishments, and how he handles the daily responsibilities of a plant manager. At the end of each chapter, Davis rates Warring on how he performed in his role as plant manager and as a leader of the plant's lean initiative by presenting "The Warring Scorecard." Davis points out where he succeeded, and where he made some serious mistakes.

    Leading the Lean Initiative: Straight Talk on Cultivating Support and Buy-in, is a valuable resource or all managers in any industry. This book will show you how to effectively lead in your organization and how to cultivate a cooperative environment.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Setting the Stage
3. Getting Started
4. Setting the Course
5. Staying Focused
6. Getting Effective Results
7. Dealing with the Unspoken Duties
8. Successfully Guiding the Lean Initiative
9. Expanding Beyond the Manufacturing Arena

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