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Cultural Kaizen: The story of how simple concepts can transform an organizations culture, engagement and bottom-line.
 
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Cultural Kaizen: The story of how simple concepts can transform an organizations culture, engagement and bottom-line. [Kindle Edition]

Paul Swaney

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Cultural Kaizen™ is a business novel that focuses on the lean transformation of a process manufacturing site and subsequent cultural impact of the transformation on the people who work there.
The book’s introductory chapters focus on an operations manager’s personal struggle while working at a site that has a severely negative culture. The site is undergoing a ‘fake lean’ transformation (Focused on the tools; not the business process). The first two chapters demonstrate the effects of a negative culture on an employee.
The operations manager is offered a new position as the plant manager of a ‘broken’ chemical plant. This is a large step for the new plant manager, but he agrees because he will do anything to get out of the negative cultural situation he is currently experiencing.
The plant manager arrives on site and determines that a lean transformation is what the site needs to improve their performance. The plant manager uses his previous experiences as an example of “What not to do?” Above all else, he anchors the transformation with a respect for people. The respect for people was the keystone item missing in his previous role.
The book continues to document the trials and tribulations of the plant leading up through the conclusion of their first kaizen event and ending with a gemba walk one year later.
The major themes explored in the book are:
• A focus on the role of the front-line associate and a respect for their position
• The effects of a negative culture on team members vs. a positive culture
• The process of running a kaizen event, in a process manufacturing site, with a focus on the social and emotional effects that is above and beyond the mechanics of the kaizen process.
• Mass production systems vs. lean production systems and their effect on the organizational culture

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475284519
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008451T0S
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing explanation of the Lean principles Oct. 13 2013
By Antonio Ruiz - Published on Amazon.com
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Amusing explanation of the Lean principles through a story. If you want to know about lean manufacturing, this is a good book to start.
4.0 out of 5 stars The "Goal" but geared for Kaizen. Sept. 22 2012
By Mark E. Nussbaumer - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was an easy read and very well written for the novice or the experienced. I have recommended it for our Lean reading list. They could have explained a little more detail on the value stream mapping process. I would have liked to have known what happened with Devon and how the rest of the organization reacted to the plant turn a round. Should have had more closure with the story. Still a good book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight Sept. 13 2012
By Wolfgang Kissel - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked this book very much. It gives a simple (in its best meaning) overview how "Lean" can really work. It's all about people and culture. Many "Lean" experts are focusing much on the technicalities but the focus on people make the difference. The book is also emphasizing on one of the most important but also most underestimated leadership activities: "Listen to the people who know". Thanks to the author for this very practical book. More so, that it was for free on Amazon when I bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and insightful May 31 2012
By Andy Shelton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Although I don't have a background in, or any knowledge about, operations management, I found this to be an interesting book. The many aspects of improving processes and culture that are discussed in this book are universal and can be applied to any industry. The "story" style in which this book was written made it fun to read.

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