Lean Enterprise Institute Book, Lead With Respect, Wins Shingo Research Award

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The lean management novel for executives illustrates how to grow a business by growing people’s process- improvement skills.


Gemba Coach columnist and lean management practitioner Michael Ballé

“The content of Lead With Respect is outstanding,” wrote a team of Shingo Institute examiners who reviewed the book.

Lead With Respect, the latest book from the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), has won the prestigious Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award.

It is the third in a trilogy of lean management business novels by Michael and Freddy Ballé to win the award. The Lean Manager won in 2011 and The Gold Mine in 2006.

“My father and I are deeply honored to receive this award,” said Michael Ballé. “It has been our aspiration to give managers practical guidance for using a form of leadership based on true respect for people and uncompromising performance improvement principles. We hope this recognition encourages leaders to learn how to achieve objectives through developing people.”

“The content of Lead With Respect is outstanding,” wrote a team of Shingo Institute examiners who reviewed the book. “The authors do a great job of explaining the principles of lead with humility and respect every individual in a novel format that is easy to understand and follow.”

Lean Leadership Lessons Unfold
Lead With Respect breaks new ground by providing practical information on a critical yet poorly understood aspect of lean management: How using lean techniques to develop people’s capabilities as problem solvers is the ultimate sign of workplace respect -- and a decisive business advantage.

The authors show that leading with respect is not a soft or sentimental ploy. To improve business performance, leaders must improve processes. To improve processes, they must improve people’s competencies, especially problem-solving skills.

Lead With Respect introduces fictional but very real software company CEO Jane Delaney, who, facing a business crisis, successfully changes her behaviors to better support employees at every level as effective problem solvers. The book clarifies the differences between showing respect and how to lead with respect as business lessons unfold through characters and a fast-paced story.

The Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award recognizes research and writing regarding new knowledge and understanding of lean and operational excellence. It is given annually by The Shingo Institute, a nonprofit that is part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University

Read the first chapter of Lead With Respect (no registration required): http://www.lean.org/Bookstore/ProductDetails.cfm?SelectedProductId=386

For review copies of Lead With Respect or to interview the authors, contact LEI Communications Director Chet Marchwinski at cmarchwinski(at)lean(dot)org or 617-871-2930.

About the Authors
Michael Ballé, PhD, is an executive coach and business writer, who has helped companies with lean transformations for more than 20 years. He is Associate Researcher at Télécom ParisTech's Projet Lean Enterprise and the co-founder of the French Lean Institute. He writes the Gemba Coach column on lean.org/balle

Freddy Ballé started visiting Toyota plants in Japan in the mid-1970s while head of product planning and later manufacturing engineering at Renault, where he worked for 30 years. Upon leaving Renault, he pioneered the full lean system implementation at Valeo as Technical Vice President, then at Sommer-Allibert as CEO, and later at Faurecia as Technical Vice President.

About the Lean Enterprise Institute
Lean Enterprise Institute Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, makes things better through lean research, education, publishing, and events. Guided by a mission to advance lean thinking and practice around the world, LEI also supports other lean initiatives such as the Lean Global Network, the Lean Education Academic Network, and the Healthcare Value Network. Visit LEI at lean.org for more information.

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