Mr. Lean Buys and Transforms a Manufacturing Company: The True Story of Profitably Growing an Organization with Lean Principles, Hardcover, 1 Edition by Lane, Greg
Hardcover: 1 Edition
Publication Date: 2009-12-17
Hardcover : 296 pages
Edition: 1 Edition
Author: Lane, Greg
Product Description This is the true story of how, armed with only Lean improvement methodologies, a specially trained Toyota Lean expert purchased a business he knew nothing about, applied Lean techniques, and succeeded in doubling sales and increasing profitability, before he finally sold the thriving business. With humility and humor, the author recounts his successes and failures, introduces his key employees and their struggles with change, and provides motivation and simple ideas for all readers looking to improve their businesses. He captures key points highlighted in text boxes and includes illustrative photos and examples of Lean tools at work. This story dispels the fallacy that Lean management does not achieve excellent results in high variation companies and job shops. Toyota’s OSKKK methodology is introduced to understand processes and guide a Lean transformation on the shop floor and in the office. Review This intriguing story proves beyond a doubt that Lean principals go a long way towards profitability for all of us. Assuming you subscribe to management being synonymous with improvement, you are sure to come away from this book with a clear plan for a few new improvements.―Xavier Pujol, Plant and Site Manager, Continental Corporation The beauty of Mr. Lane's books (and this is the second I have read and studied) is that no matter where your company finds itself along its path and development towards Lean manufacturing, you can find something to apply easily and immediately. His books are very pragmatic and lend themselves as guides to quick direct action. Mr. Lane's books are mandatory reading for both my high level managers and engineers as well as my frontline supervisors.―Jason T. Draffin, Plant Director, Board Member, Harris Calorific International Sp. z o.o., A Lincoln Electric Company This book has been insightful as it helps to break down a complicated subject matter into practical and easily implementable components. The examples provided were especially helpful in visualizing which steps to take when developing our improvement and implementations plans. After reading this book, you are sure to come away with a number of ideas that will create value for your organization.―Tom Meola, President, Premix Incorporated From the Author There is not a more dedicated learner than when all your private finances are on the line. Adapting lean into a job-shop environment requires a bit from the school of hard knocks, but why not prosper from these learnings instead of going through your own trial and error without this benefit. True proof of what works comes out in increased profitability and this story is able to link tools & principals to exactly how they helped lead to specific profitability improvements. From the Back Cover This story details how Mr. Lane (aka Mr. Lean), a specially trained Toyota expert, purchased a business he knew nothing about, applied Lean techniques, and succeeded in doubling sales and increasing profitability in a job shop environment before he finally sold the thriving business. With humility and humor, the author recounts his successes and failures, introduces his key employees and their struggles with change, and provides motivation and simple ideas for all readers looking to improve their businesses. He clearly captures and highlights key points and includes illustrative photos and examples of Lean tools at work. About the Author Greg Lane was certified as a Toyota Production System (TPS) Key Person by Toyota in Japan and has supported successful Lean journeys in 31 countries. He is a faculty member of the Lean Enterprise Institute in the US, an advisor to the Instituto Lean Management in Spain, and a faculty member of both the University of Barcelona and University Polytechnica Cataluna.
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