Start a Lean Library and Start Learning
What’s the least expensive way to education people in your organization? Get them reading. There are now x,000 number of lean books available – I don’t actually know the number, but it’s a lot. At the Lean Learning Center, we buy everything we find for our book shelves as these shelves serve a purpose for our visitors and clients.
Some of you might be a lean leader in your organization. You’re trying to help people learn. Start your own lean library. Buy some books. Help people figure out what they should read. Allow them to sign out books out and read them.
A long time ago when I was working in a plant on the 2nd shift, it was very hard to get training to come onto 2nd shift. So we started reading books. Each week, someone lead a discussion of a different chapter of a book. We started with Suzaki’s The New Manufacturing Challenge and The New Shop Floor Management. We discussed it, and before we finished we determined what actions we would take from what we learned. It was simple and regular.
Don’t know what books to buy and read? You can find virtually every book on lean available by going through the Card Catalog at The Lean Library. There are many options. Still don’t know? Read the reviews. Have you read some of them and have your own opinion? Leave a comment on the book reviews. I of course hope that you include The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean. I was recently at a hospital who had a lean library, and their two most popular were The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean and Lean Hospitals by Mark Graban. What’s on your lean library book shelf? Please comment below.
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