REAL LEAN, Volume One

Real Lean: Understanding the Lean Management System (Volume One), explains the purposes, advantages, myths, and misinformation surrounding Lean management. This small book will be a big help to leaders who want to improve their understanding and practice of Lean management. In a lively and engaging style, Real Lean answers key questions that leaders of organizations have about Lean management. It is a perfect read for busy executives.

Real Lean is a practical guide to understanding Lean management, complete with interesting and informative linkages to historical events and long-forgotten perspectives. Readers will learn how the two principles of Lean management, “Continuous Improvement” and “Respect for People,” work in tandem, with emphasis on “Respect for People” – the principle that is often missing from the practice of Lean management.

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Reviews of Real Lean

“The books comprising the Real Lean series by Bob Emiliani are masterful and important.”Brian Maskell, President, BMA Inc.

“The point of the book is very clear… [it] should be given to every CEO, as an instruction book about what it means to develop an organisation based on Lean Management Principles… I highly recommend this book; it’s excellent.”Stephen Parry,

“Excellent book! A fantastic read for those who have been curious about what lean really is and what lean is not.”Kathy Balsley

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Book Details

Real Lean: Understanding the Lean Management System (Volume One)

by Bob Emiliani
The CLBM, LLC Wethersfield, Conn., USA

172 pages • ISBN 978-0-9722591-1-8 • February 2007 • Price $25

Table of Contents
1 Keep It REAL
2 Improving Your Lean Transformation
3 The Great Misunderstanding
4 Improving Leadership in Lean Business
5 Creating a Lean Culture
6 Lean is Music to My Ears
7 Remembering What Ohno and Shingo Said
8 Myth-Busting Using Value Stream Maps
9 The Tragedy of Waste
10 Too Much Selfish Thinking
11 Gaining Executive Buy-In for Lean
12 Jefferson Pilot’s Lean Initiative
13 Lean in Higher Education
14 Lean Government – Crazy Dream or Absolute Necessity?
15 Lean Management for Non-Profits
16 How Lean Activities are Sabotaged


Listen to the sound files that accompany Chapter 6, “Lean is Music to My Ears” on pages 38 and 39:

What batch-and-queue music sounds like (54 seconds).

What Lean music sounds like (26 seconds).