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Lean Meetings = Lean Thinking

james-hudson-pictureJim Hudson is the founder of the Lean Expert Academy, previous partner in the Lean Leadership Institute with Jeff Liker (The Toyota Way) and Norm Bodek (Productivity Press Founder), and author of the soon to be released book, Lean 2.0: How to Dominate Your Industry Using Lea(R)n Thinking. For more details at the end of this article

One of the most impactful places you can affect as a Lean thinker, is the meeting. If you’re like me, you know that making small behavioral changes can go a long way toward shifting a person’s mindset. And because meetings touch almost every single professional in an office environment, you can have a major impact when you know how to reduce time spent in a meeting, using a small, easy-to-do pivoting shift. Here it is:

Before every meeting, have the organizer identity the exact high value adding activity that the collective group can accomplish by being together in that meeting. What will having these individuals come together, do for whatever the topic is that you are meeting around?


The basic meetings tools are still useful – an agenda, timed agenda items, meeting rules, etc. You can make major efficiency strides using those. But you will get your biggest gains with the single act of knowing what the high value add of the group is.

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THE LEAN CEO: Leading the Way to World-Class Excellence, by Jacob Stoller, McGraw Hill, 2016

A book review by Dr. John Psarouthakis, Executive Editor of www.BusinessThinker.com

I wish I had read this excellent book,  “The LEAN CEO” by Jacob Stoller, when I was looking for and acquired over 20 medium size manufacturing companies, it would have made our efforts easier.

Way back in the 1970’s and 1980’s I was involved in acquiring manufacturing companies. I observed that many, well over 50% of the, companies we looked at were poorly performing. On further look we concluded that it was due to bad management. Never mind about the concept of Lean management, it did not exist, the mentality and approach was totally to the contrary. It reminded me of what we say about an augmented government and related costs.

In 1978 I decided to step out and start a corporation that would acquire underperforming manufacturing companies and make them profitable by streamlining (Lean) management and systems, bring on board relevant technology, train our employees in the plants and /or the near by community colleges, and so on.

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