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The Lean CEO: Leading the Way to World-Class Excellence

2018-04-04


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The Lean CEO by Jacob Stoller Receives Shingo Publication Award

 

Summary: After trained examiners and accomplished business professionals performed a thorough assessment of his work, Jacob Stoller has been selected as the recipient of an internationally recognized award from the Shingo Institute, a program in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. The author will receive the award at the Shingo International Conference occurring April 28–May 3, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio.


LOGAN, Utah — The Shingo Institute, a program in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, has awarded Jacob Stoller with the Shingo Publication Award for his book, The Lean CEO: Leading the Way to World-Class Excellence. Jacob Stoller is an author, speaker, and consultant specializing in strategic management and communication. A frequent commentator in the business press, Mr. Stoller has delivered a variety of keynote speeches and learning events in the US, Canada, and Europe, and authored reports, training materials, and other corporate documents for clients such as Kaizen Institute, Microsoft, Dell Computer, Staples, and the Conference Board of Canada.


“Receipt of the Shingo Publication Award signifies an author's significant contribution and practical application to the body of knowledge regarding enterprise excellence,” said Ken Snyder, executive director of the Shingo Institute.


By “challenging” or applying for an award, authors invite a group of accomplished professionals and trained examiners from the Shingo Institute to thoroughly review their publications. Shingo examiners select recipients based on a rigorous set of standards.


The Lean CEO explores enterprise-wide Lean adoption through in-depth interviews with some of the best known Lean-practicing CEOs. Readers learn first-hand how these exceptional leaders applied Lean to boost profitability, empower employees, and forge closer bonds with customers and suppliers. The Lean CEOs, who represent organizations from 50 to 50,000 employees, speak to readers inside and outside the Lean community. These are leaders who have diverged from conventional business practices and achieved remarkable results.


Using the leaders' remarkable success stories, the book demonstrates that Lean leadership is not determined by personality, but by a clearly-defined set of core beliefs that all the Lean CEOs shared. While there was considerable diversity in personal attributes and leadership styles, all of the CEOs shared the same basic assumptions around the importance of going to the gemba, the power of continuous improvement, and most importantly, the fact that people truly aspire to the best work they are capable of and will exceed all expectations when given the opportunity. The book is written for readers inside and outside of the Lean community. Lean practitioners and managers will find dozens of insights on how Lean efforts are perceived by senior managers, board members, customers, and suppliers. Those new to Lean will learn how Lean changes organizations, what those changes require, and about the many opportunities that Lean presents.


Amir Dan Rubin, President and CEO of One Medical, says of The Lean CEO, “What a triumph of a book on Lean leadership—connecting the early history of Lean and management theories with seminal examples of Lean leaders and organizations in action! This is a unique and compelling read which will serve to inspire and guide.”


Doug Taylor, Vice President of Carlisle Companies Inc., adds, “[The Lean CEO is] a great book that applies not just to CEOs but to every leader. The Lean CEO spans the test of time, industries, and countries to hit home on the fundamentals of building a world-class organization. The steps are logical, practical, and well written in this easy-to-read, insightful book.”


Mr. Stoller will receive his award at the awards ceremony during the Shingo Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA on April 28–May 3, 2019. The conference is a week-long event featuring a selection of workshops, plant tours, keynote speakers and breakout sessions designed to provide ongoing knowledge, insights and experience for organizations in pursuit of operational excellence.


About the Shingo Institute

The Shingo Institute is home of the Shingo Prize, an award that recognizes organizations that demonstrate an exceptional culture that fosters continuous improvement. A program in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, the Shingo Institute is named after Japanese industrial engineer and Toyota advisor, Shigeo Shingo. Dr. Shingo distinguished himself as one of the world’s thought leaders in concepts, management systems and improvement techniques that have become known as the Toyota Production System.


Drawing from Dr. Shingo’s teachings and years of experience working with organizations worldwide, the Shingo Institute developed the Shingo Model™ which is the basis for its several educational offerings, including workshops, study tours and conferences. Workshops are available in multiple languages through the Institute’s licensed affiliates. For more information on workshops, affiliates, or to register to attend the next Shingo Conference, please visit www.shingo.org.


About the Shingo Institute

Housed at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, the Shingo Institute is named after Japanese industrial engineer Shigeo Shingo. Shingo distinguished himself as one of the world's thought leaders in concepts, management systems and improvement techniques that have become known as the Toyota Business System. Drawing from Shingo's teachings and years of experience working with organizations throughout the world, the Shingo Institute has developed the Shingo Model™ which is the basis for several educational offerings including workshops, study tours and conferences. It also awards and recognizes organizations that demonstrate an exceptional culture that continually strives for improvement and progress. Those interested in more information or in registering to attend the 30th International Shingo Conference may visit www.shingo.org.