The Energy of the Creative Ethos in Your Life and Work

Lean, springing from an interpretation of the Toyota Production System, has a perplexing history. Understood by practitioners as a rational approach toward the management of work, with demonstrated results in improving enterprise-wide morale and profitability, Lean is still widely dismissed or ignored.

Seeing something was missing in the perception that Lean practices were largely about mechanically improving work processes, the author, supported by the Lean Enterprise Institute, the Lean Construction Institute, and Lean Project Consulting, Inc., immersed a group of artists in the fundamentals of Lean for three days, during which they conversed with some of the leading thinkers and practitioners of Lean and toured the Toyota factory in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The workshop yielded important insights that address essential questions regarding how leaders can spearhead positive change by leveraging an artist’s sensibility.

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