Lean manufacturing techniques are often used on the production floor, but they can apply to leadership just as well! Supply Chain Management Review said, "This concept has been embraced by manufacturers worldwide because of the measurable ROI lean processes deliver and usually with a direct impact on the bottom line. But lean has also been translated into a style of leadership with the goal of sustainably and maximizing customer value." Listening to your employees is one of the main ideas. Don't just ask them HOW they do their work, ask them WHY they do it that way. Respect your employees and let them know you are listening, because open communication can result in leaner manufacturing.
Lean manufacturing is a term applied to processes for department staffers but lean leadership is a process for the C-Suite and just as essential. Lean principles are critical for achievement in optimizing day to day productivity as well as reaching long-term growth goals. As manufacturers and supply chain professionals, we know the concept of lean leadership is an extension of lean manufacturing, which originated with Toyota’s famed Toyota Production System (TPS). The aim was to eliminate waste and streamline the production process, with a primary emphasis on value provided to the customer. Read More