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Larry Miller

Welcome to Management Meditations

on Lean Management and Culture

This website provides resources for those implementing lean management, lean leadership, and lean culture. The courses and information you will find here are based on forty-five years of field work implementing lean management and lean culture in dozens of major corporations.

For the past forty-five years, beginning with the redesign of a prison to create a learning environment that reinforced desired habits, I have been working to create healthy organization cultures. I reject rigid adherence to any one theory or methodology, but choose to learn from all and to integrate all into a holistic understanding of behavior and the systems of organization.

  • I do two things to help my clients: First, I help to redesign the organization to create the culture and capabilities that enable the successful execution of strategy and the culture of lean management. This normally involves designing the organization into a system of self-managing teams at every level. This design process considers the “whole-system” – social, technical, and economic systems. 
  • Second, I help to develop the skills of team leadership, facilitation and problem-solving that are at the core of lean management and culture. In recent years I have developed sixteen online courses to deliver lean and leadership training in the most efficient way. Several of my courses, particularly my course on Team Leadership was developed for clients implement a team system in their organization to train all team leaders. When online training is paired with on-site coaching and action-learning, the habits will change in a sustainable way. Please look around at the courses, articles, books and posts on leadership and culture.

Featured Courses

on Lean Leadership, Lean Culture and Lean Management

Recent Blog Posts

You’re Fired!

These may be the most feared words in any corporation. Unfortunately, it has become a too often used phrase in American politics, intended to impart the image of a strong and decisive leader. But, if you are a competent manager you know that these words are the...

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The One Leadership Principle… We Need Now!

I am going to write a series of posts on leadership issues I consider extremely important. I would like to have your undivided attention for just a few moments. There is a dominant theme that runs through all of my online courses and writing and it is the primary task...

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Lean Leadership – The Dance to the Rhythm of Challenge and Response

It would be wonderful to believe that simply sharing knowledge of a better way would result in the adoption of that better way. If only we were rational beings. But after assisting dozens of companies with their efforts to institute a lean culture, it is very obvious that the success of those efforts is directly linked to the quality and constancy of lean leadership. Lean Leadership and Lean Culture require very specific actions on the part of leaders and I do not think those actions of been well articulated in previous books and articles. I have attempted to define these actions in my new course on Lean Leadership and Lean Culture and I want to summarize them here.

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Leading Virtual Teams

One of the critical skills for leaders in our global age is facilitating virtual teams. Here is a report on a recent survey on the problems and best practices of virtual teams.

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Fast Company Interview on Hiring

You might find this interesting: BY STEPHANIE VOZZA  In a traditional job interview, the interviewer is in the driver’s seat, controlling the questions, pace, and format of the...

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The Power of Principles

Dear Friends, Over the past year I have had increasing concern in regard to what I must call a crisis in leadership. It is not only in the U.S., but a global crisis. We desperately need to raise a generation of ethical, principled and positive leaders to move our...

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