Newport, OR (PRWEB) April 8, 2011
Author, consultant, trainer and Shingo Prize Recipient (named after famed Toyota Engineer Shiego Shingo), Gary Conner has worked with over 500 continuous improvement (kaizen) teams across the US and Canada.
Catapult the Cow is his latest book. A collection of short stories, case studies and examples designed to entertain as well as teach. In any significant endeavor there is a need to encourage; this is especially true during the transformation from "business as usual" to the lean approach.
Catapult the Cow is in reference to a real life event that occurred in the 14th century. The starving inhabitants of a castle threw their last bit of food (including a cow) over the wall toward an invading army in a desperate attempt to show them that starving them out was hopeless. The invaders moved on.
US businesses and particularly manufacturers have to apply desperate measures if they are to avoid being "starved out" by the competition; many who have adopted the lean manufacturing process.
Modeled after the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series, this text is made up of over forty stories, case studies, examples and samples of how others have done the "hard thing", the "unexpected thing" in their efforts to set themselves apart from the competition.
Some stories are amusing, some are emotional and breathtaking, others are just for fun, but they each teach a moral as well as encourage you and your team to stay on the path.
Continuous improvement is hard work. It will require filling your sail with wind. This text by bestselling author of Lean Manufacturing for the Small Shop (published by: Society of Manufacturing Engineers) will serve to motivate all who read it.
Availalbe soon on Amazon.com, parties interested in pre-ordering first edition copies may contact the author at: lean1mfg(at)aol(dot)com