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Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Problem of Sustainability - from Joshua Rapoza

Dear,
sharing I've received from Joshua Rapoza
Customer Strategy Officer
Lean Enterprise Institute


Dear Joao,
It always seems like this time of year is remarkably busy for the lean community. I thank all of you who have shared your challenges with me and LEI recently - we’re learning a lot.

We are learning that the most pressing challenge for lean enterprises today is sustaining the gains of improvement work. Jim Womack, John Shook and others have talked at length about the need to move from tools to management, to scale the progress of model lines enterprise-wide.

The problem of sustainability is not something that has been easily solved, there is no one solution. In fact, a lot of what we learn in school is the exact opposite of what we need to do to create sustainability.

In his new book, The Work of Management, Jim Lancaster reveals the personal growth he went through in learning the real work of management. Trained as a Harvard MBA and brought up by his entrepreneur/founder father, he had to unlearn many of his beliefs and mindsets for this complete system to thrive.

Jim Lancaster is the CEO of Lantech, a company that has long been a fixture company in lean transformation since being featured in Chapter 6 of Lean Thinking, the seminal book from Womack and Jones.

The Work of Management is remarkably candid of failures, successes, and personal learning.
Please take a moment and order your copy today
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

Thank you,
Josh

Joshua Rapoza
Customer Strategy Officer
Lean Enterprise Institute

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