Personality characteristics of excellent lean managers

Jacob Steendahl Nielsen, Harry Boer, Peter Lindgren

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    Abstract

    Today many Danish companies are implementing Lean and hereby trying to
    implement a continuous improvement (CI) program and culture. We have observed
    that companies can easily implement the artifacts of CI, such as Kaizen boards,
    Kaizen meetings, Performance management (KPI), A3 and PDCA reports, and
    analytical tools. However, many companies struggle with developing a CI culture
    and DNA. Reasons for this can be many but the authors of this paper believe that
    one of the main reasons is the mindset and personality of the Lean managers. This
    paper addresses the question: Which personality traits should excellent Lean
    managers have? Based on an assessment done by a panel of Lean experts
    composed from 26 different Danish companies, this paper presents a profile
    description of an excellent Lean manager, which encompasses 16 different
    personality traits. A comparison with the average Dane shows some important
    differences.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the17th International CINet Conference on Innovation and tradition: combining the old and the new
    Number of pages13
    Volume17
    Place of PublicationEnschede
    PublisherContinuous Innovation Network
    Publication date2016
    Pages495-507
    ISBN (Electronic)978-90-77360-19-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event17th International CINet Conference on Innovation and tradition: combining the old and the new - Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy
    Duration: 11 Sep 201613 Sep 2016
    Conference number: 17
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    Conference

    Conference17th International CINet Conference on Innovation and tradition: combining the old and the new
    Number17
    LocationPolitecnico di Torino
    CountryItaly
    CityTorino
    Period11/09/201613/09/2016
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    Keywords

    • Lean
    • Leadership
    • Excellence
    • Management
    • Personality traits

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