Beyond the Lean Revolution: Achieving Successful and Sustainable Enterprise Transformation

Beyond the Lean Revolution: Achieving Successful and Sustainable Enterprise Transformation

Beyond the Lean Revolution: Achieving Successful and Sustainable Enterprise Transformation

Beyond the Lean Revolution: Achieving Successful and Sustainable Enterprise Transformation

Synopsis

Most organizations are engaged in change efforts often focused solely on eliminating waste in specific departments or "silos." That's the "lean paradigm," and while it's a good place to start, enterprise transformation goes much further. It be gins with the big picture: What are the strategic objectives? How is the enterprise per forming against those objectives? How should it be? Who are the stakeholders and what do they value? Then it moves forward toward an audacious vision of the enterprise's future.

Based on years of research and implementation, Beyond the Lean Revolution provides a roadmap for achieving sustainable, bottom-line results, delivering value to stakeholders, and reaching that future vision. Filled with illuminating examples, the book moves well beyond traditional lean thinking, showing readers how to:

  • Ensure senior leadership commitment
  • Assess the enterprise's current state
  • Analyze stakeholder values
  • Develop a future vision
  • Create a plan for transformation

From inception to implementation and beyond, this book provides a holistic framework for bridging the gap from mere change... to genuine transformation.

Excerpt

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Aristotle

PERHAPS YOU and your company are standing at the edge of the proverbial cliff. Challenges beset you from within and without. The competitive environment is changing. Your R&D organization has an idea that has great promise, but you just can’t find a way to capture the opportunity. Employees are finding it difficult to be heard when they have ideas for making the business run more efficiently. A supplier has advised you about a problem with providing your manufacturing organization what you need, and you can’t figure out where in the business that problem originates. How do you fix something you can’t find?

Or perhaps you and your company are not standing at the edge of the cliff. Maybe everything is humming along, but the general sense is that the organization is not coming close to meeting its potential. Even though you’ve been trying to improve your business processes, things aren’t making it to the next level. All those Six Sigma black belts are helping run projects, but the incremental changes don’t seem to amount to very much. You’re not achieving the kind of total benefit you thought you would.

We encounter businesses and organizations all the time that are facing one or all of these challenges. Many of them have been working . . .

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