The Lean Leadership Training Series: A Complete Guide to Principles

Whether they're consuming a product or service, customers experience the aggregate of all the processes with which a company operates. Ideally, these process should all be aimed at maximizing customer value at the lowest possible total cost. But many companies are challenged with lack of alignment throughout their organization. And when they fail to work as a value stream and operate with "silo thinking" -- it can have detrimental effects on their customers.

To truly drive value stream thinking, organizational leaders must constantly align the organization toward a purpose, while supporting all team members in increasing value and eliminating waste. This is the essence of lean leadership and a lean culture.

Lean teaches us that successful organizations are principle-based, instead of tool-based. Tools allow us to create formality and structure around our daily processes and problem solving, but it’s thinking and behaviors that take us to the next level.

The following blog series is a comprehensive guide for leaders to start thinking and operating by prinicples. Covering everything from communication and engagement to functional knowledge, this series is designed as a practical, lean leadership training tool for professionals to:

  • Read each lesson
  • Practice the principle (with recommendations highlighted in each lesson)
  • Reflect on improving personal management style and the overall organization

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How Do You Balance Leading and Driving Results?

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How Great Leaders Handle Conflict and Accountability (Lean Leadership Series)

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Are You Practicing These 5 Tips for Coaching Your Team?

 

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Communication Styles of Highly Effective Leaders

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Team Member Empowerment: It's Not As Difficult As You Think

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The Lean Leadership Training Series: The Way to Build Trust and Performance with Your Team

LeanCor Leadership Principle: 

Team Member Orientation – Support improved team member performance, professional development and job satisfaction through coaching and highly participative leadership.  Give Team Members clear performance feedback and provide timely and relevant training with actions to improve.

A lean culture is a learning culture, and as leaders it is our responsibility to support our team members in taking advantage of those learning opportunities.  To do this, one department at LeanCor has developed a management system to ensure we are coaching and developing our team members.   Hopefully this practical example gives you an idea or two on how to be a Team Member Oriented leader!

But first…..

What is a Management System?

Management systems are a requirement for stable processes.  They are the “controls” that help us stabilize a process or keep it from breaking.  Think of a management system as something that continues to “squeeze” the variability out of a process, leading to a more stable output.

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The Lean Leadership Training Series: Understanding Your Functional Area

 

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