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You may find the following papers helpful in your exploration of lean culture and organizational development.

Team Management & Leadership

This paper described how an organizations creates self-directed or natural work teams to optimize self-control and performance.

 Whole-System Architecture: A Model for Building the Lean Organization

This paper is a synopsis of Getting to Lean – Transformational Change Management that presents a comprehensive model for redesigning the whole-system of an organization to lean principles. This is based on complexity theory, socio-technical systems, Ackhoff’s interactive planning, and other change management models that take into account both the entire system of the organization and are based on principles of high stakeholder engagement in the change process.

How far Along the Lean Journey Are We

This is a self-assessment tool whereby your management team can go through the items and indicate the progress you have made and are planning to make. It is not intended to give you a “grade” but rather to cause reflection and self-evaluation leading to the identification possible areas for improvement.

Action Learning:

Cycles of Learning are the Key to Developing a Culture of Continuous Improvement

The Honda Way: A Visit to Marysville

Lean Culture and Leadership Factors – Report

I recently solicited the opinions of lean implementers regarding the progress they have made and the importance of what I felt were key factors when implementing lean culture or management. The individuals who responded were either those who read my own blog, those who participate on the NWLean Yahoo discussion forum, or members of the Lean/Six Sigma LinkedIn forum. It is safe to say that all of these individuals are engaged in the process of implementing lean, either as an internal change agent or an external consultant. A total of 82 individuals completed the survey.

Lean Culture and Leadership Survey

For those who would like to examine all of the responses to the survey, this file is the full output of the data from the survey of lean practitioners.

 Lean Implementation in Home Health Care – the Design Process

This is a case study of changing the culture, the process, and improving performance using the Whole-System Architecture model.

Lean Implementation – Case Study – Blended Learning in Healthcare

This is the second stage of the case study above. First you design, then you develop the skills of working in teams and solving problems. The blended learning model employs online learning, action learning, and coaching.

Organization Life Cycles:

This paper is an excerpt from Mr. Miller’s book, Barbarians to Bureaucrats and describes the rise and fall of civilizations, corporations and the leadership styles that are the cause.

An Executive Coaching Framework:

The purpose of this paper is to share a few ideas regarding the goals, approaches and ways to think about the process of executive coaching. Keep in mind that all executive coaching is designed to meet the specific needs of the client, and those needs may vary greatly.

Enriching Production: Perspectives on Volvo’s Uddevalla Plant as an Alternative to Lean Production

This is a link to a very important book (you can download the entire document) that is for serious students of work systems. It explores what happened in Volvo’s experiments with alternative work systems and provides perspectives in relation to lean manufacturing.

PowerPoint Presentations

Life cycles of Culture and Leadership – Barbarians to Bureaucrats

This, of course, is from my Barbarians to Bureaucrats book. And, from a future book on Sustainable Wealth.

Lean Culture Part One

These slides describe some of what I feel are the important characteristics of lean culture. As an introductory presentation, this is not intended to be complete. A summary and some thoughts on implementation process.

Lean Culture Part Two

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  1. interesting and timely reading for me. We are trying to get LEAN team organized for internal process flows for software implementation for our clients

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