What does it take to manage an organization to success? No matter what industry you are in, an organization is primarily a group of people. This book focuses on that ever-important human element. In the rush to get 'lean', many organizations focus solely on tools for increasing productivity, but where do these tools come from? In this book, Collin McLoughlin and Toshihiko Miura look back on their decades of international consulting experience to examine how organizations around the world have transformed on a cultural level by respecting the people who work within them and leveraging their creativity to solve problems.

As our workforce becomes more knowledgeable, skillful, and more perceptive of their needs and wants as employees, the ability to reach the true potential of an organization becomes more and more difficult. Managers must look at each individual element of an equation like this in order to fully understand how to achieve an answer. They must begin to answer more focused questions, such as:

1. How productive is the existing work climate and culture?

2. How do employees, as individuals, navigate the existing work climate? (How do they deal with day-today issues with each other?)

3. Where and how are individuals and their work processes assessed?

4. What obstacles do employees face every day, and are they empowered to fix these obstacles?

5. What role does leadership play at each level of the organization? (Looking at the organization in layers of management.)

To address these challenges, this book focuses on three main aspects of leadership and management:

1. Addressing and Improving the Perspective of Management -- The ideas presented in this book are not limited to a certain industry or field of work, but can be applied in any setting because they speak to a universal human element.

2. Exploring and Improving Work Climate -- Organizations are social entities, operating within their own controlled environment. This book will explore the factors that contribute to, and encourage, a positive work climate.

3. Observing and Eliminating Wasteful Work Processes -- Observing wasteful activities and work processes requires a refined perspective. The case studies presented illustrate the How and Why to help refine expertise. This will also lead to the joy and benefits

chapter 1|20 pages

Why Leadership Matters

chapter 2|12 pages

The True Meaning of Kaizen

chapter 3|18 pages


chapter 4|16 pages

Communicating the Workplace Culture

chapter 5|20 pages

Management Mindset

chapter 6|24 pages

How to Assess Shop Floor Morale

chapter 7|18 pages

Identifying and Removing Waste

chapter 9|29 pages

Waste Elimination in Practice

chapter 10|18 pages

The Kaizen Pyramid