How to Do a Gemba Walk: Take a Gemba Walk to Improve Your Leadership Skills

How to Do a Gemba Walk: Take a Gemba Walk to Improve Your Leadership Skills

by Mr. Michael S. Bremer

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How to Do a Gemba Walk: Take a Gemba Walk to Improve Your Leadership Skills by Mr. Michael S. Bremer

A Gemba Walk to Go See, Ask Why, and Show Respect is a key way to more actively engage people in performance improvement activities. Even if you currently do Gemba Walks in all likelihood you fall short of what the best companies do. This 'how to guide' provides leaders a basic menu of options on ways to do a more effective Walk.

The guide describes three key reasons for doing a Gemba Walk:
1. Clarify Purpose: Gemba Walks provide a wonderful opportunity to learn if people inside the organization have a deep understanding of 'why' they are doing their work activities.
2. Process Understanding: Leaders can see, with their own eyes, how effectively work activities between departments and between work-groups are aligned with what the organization is trying accomplish.
3. Engaging People: The walks provide an opportunity for leaders discover barriers that inhibit people's ability to do great work.

The guide describes questions to ask for different types of walks (including Office Walks) and outlines an approach for leaders seeking to better understand the facts, to make better decisions, and to build consensus to achieve important goals. One chapter describes how to coach leaders in this important activity.

Examples are drawn from organizations with outstanding improvement practices: Toyota, Autoliv, OC Tanner, Cogent Power and the author's experiences as Chairman of the Association of Manufacturing Excellence's Awards Council.

A respectful, effective Gemba Walk builds trust and lays the groundwork for a major transformation! It is amazing what one can learn during a walk! How can you be an effective leader and not want to do this?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523459216
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/30/2016
Edition description: Leaders Gu
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 494,034
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Shingo Research Award Recipient 2016 "How to Do a Gemba Walk" Author, President of several start-ups, Vice President Asso. Manufacturing Excellence Award's Council (volunteer), President of the Cumberland Group and Exec. Director of the Chicagoland Lean Enterprise Consortium Group. Michael also teaches a class on innovative work practices for the University of Chicago's Graham School. Michael's passion is to help more people learn to see the difference between average leaders and those who seek to elevate the performance of average performers.

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