Womack on Lean Management DVD

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ISBN: 978-1934109267

Published: February 2020

Author: James P Womack



In this special seminar, lean management thought leader James Womack explains how to manage and lead in a lean management system, the successor to obsolete “modern management” methods.

Most managers and executives are futilely trying to fix their existing “modern management” systems, descended from methods introduced by Alfred Sloan in the 1920s. Why try to perfect a management approach that is fundamentally outdated and broken?

In “Womack on Lean Management,” you’ll hear management thinker, author, and LEI founder James P. Womack, Ph.D., explain why and how managers and executives must think and act in new and different ways as part of a new management method called “lean management.”

In this two-hour seminar recorded live, Womack explains why lean management is the successor to modern management, how your behaviors as a manager or executive must change dramatically, and how you can thrive in this new system. The disc includes a PDF of the seminar slides.

 Jim Womack discusses what the value-creating work of management actually is.

Q & A with Lean Thinkers Like You

During the presentation, Womack, who led the MIT research team that coined the term “lean” to describe Toyota’s groundbreaking business system, takes questions from managers and executives in training rooms around the world during multiple Q & A sessions.

You’ll learn:

  • How modern management become the predominant management model, even while being irreparably flawed.
  • Why lean management is a fundamentally different and superior system.
  • Why attempts to implement lean tools in the context of a modern management system are doomed.
  • How to manage and lead in a lean environment and how it differs fundamentally from what you do in a traditional management environment.
  • What are the 3 main tools of lean management and how do you use them effectively?
  • What you can do if you are in an environment that is resistant to change.

DVD Bonus Feature

In a special session recorded after the seminar, Jim Womack answered questions that he couldn’t get to during the seminar, but that represented the major topics attendees wanted to learn more about.

Womack on Lean Management DVD Content

  • Section 1: What Managers Actually Do
  • Section 2: Modern vs. Lean Management
  • Section 3: Introduce Lean Management
  • Bonus Feature: Additional Q & A session

Jim Womack answers a question from the audience clarifying his statement that there is “too much leadership and not enough management.


Jim Womack

Management expert James P. Womack, Ph.D., is the founder of and senior advisor to the Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc., a nonprofit training, publishing, conference, and management research company chartered in August 1997 to advance a set of ideas known as lean production and lean thinking, based initially on Toyota’s business system and now being extended to an entire lean management system.

Womack is also the co-author of Machine That Changed the World, Lean Thinking, Lean Solutions, the LEI workbook Seeing the Whole Value Stream, and Gemba Walks. He received a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1970, a master’s degree in transportation systems from Harvard in 1975, and a Ph.D. in political science from MIT in 1982. As research director of MIT’s International Motor Vehicle Program, Womack led the research team that coined the term “lean production” to describe the Toyota Production System.

Womack served as the Institute’s chairman and CEO from 1997 until 2010 when he was succeeded by John Shook.

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