Over the last 20 years, I have produced a very large body of original work on Lean leadership and Lean management consisting of 18 books, more than three dozen research papers, and 279 blog posts. Along with that was a lot of Lean leadership training, corporate and conference speaking, and other activities.

People interested in Lean can benefit from my work for decades to come. However, the time has come for me to move on and wind down production of Lean books, research papers, and blog posts. While production is ending, I will continue to help people interested in Lean leadership or Lean management.

I will also continue teaching my university courses on Lean leadership, Lean supply chain management, etc., and also keep up with the literature and emerging trends in industry because being a professor has been my primary job responsibility for nearly 20 years. And I will continue to evolve my pioneering Lean teaching pedagogy and support various Lean university initiatives.

In the future, I plan to devote my personal time and energy to an exciting new project: Speed Leadership.

This project started in 2012 and has recently evolved into a truly incredible product that is unlike anything else. Speed Leadership’s aim is to help leaders do whatever they do better. Speed Leadership is unique because it is independent of:

  • Any particular industry, business model, company size, product, service, or other characteristic
  • The management practice in use, whether it is Conventional management, TPS, Lean management, Lean-Six-Sigma, Design Thinking, Systems Thinking, Holacracy, TQM, Re-Engineering, or anything else

And Speed Leadership is applicable to a broad base of employees, from young people hired into corporate leadership development programs to team leaders to managers at any level.

For these and other reasons, I believe that Speed Leadership is in better tune with actual needs of organizations and the times we now live in.

I hope you enjoy my Lean work, and I invite you to join me as I move forward with Speed Leadership.

6 Responses to Time to Move On

  1. Anastasia says:

    Wishing you the best for your future plans and lots of happiness, we will always have you our reference in any aspect of lean, mgt or leadership, withkind regards
    Anastasia

  2. Michael Toussaint says:

    Good luck Bob. The writing may stop but your brand is perpetual.

  3. Eric de Greef says:

    Like Taiichi Ohno you will be inspiring people (including myself) for years to come, thanks for that Bob, and for speaking at our Portsmouth conference in 2012

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