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LEAN management is the constant and systematic elimination of the waste and non-value added work activity associated with a business enterprise. It is thinking, communicating, and acting so that work is most efficiently and safely performed, costs minimized, customer responsiveness maximized, and the continuous delivery of quality products and services assured. LEAN management is performing work and sustaining a competitive advantage based on the following leadership and management principles:
· * Using a balanced decision making approach to optimizing the present while positioning for the future.
· * Designing work so it is most efficiency performed and added value creating.
· * Using customer pull (demand) to define work.
· * Level load work as to not overly stress people and machines with peaks and valleys of demand
· * Instill a leadership culture of constant learning, self-governance, and stakeholder participation.
· * Standardizing task completion and governance practices so that the pursuit of perfection is possible.
· * Make governance thoughts and actions transparent to all stakeholders through visual management.
· * Use only reliable, tested technology to automate communication and perform work.
· * Constantly use communication and behavior modeling to promote leadership development and stakeholder participation.
· * Respect, develop, and lead business partners and suppliers.
· * Continually recognize exceptional performers and use recognition to reinforce and sustain their commitment to excellence.
· * Always focus on solving problems and resolving conflicts at their source.
· * Be collaborative in making decisions but implement decisions quickly with accountability and follow up.
· * Embrace learning as the ultimate competitive advantage and continuous improve and facilitate change to remain marketplace relevant.
Following these LEAN management principles promotes: 1) The constant pursuit of value creation, 2) Reduction of waste, 3) Control of variations in performance, and 4) avoidance of over stressing machines, technology, and people. LEAN management is using Team Building tools to develop and sustain a total involvement leadership culture employing self-governance, process management, and constant learning to achieve and maintaining a competitive advantage.