Follow the Learner
In his book, Follow the Learner: The Role of a Leader in Creating a Lean Culture, Dr. Sami Bahri describes how he and the staff in his dental practice tackled each of these questions. The book describes how their organization, the Bahri Dental Group, transformed their work and their thinking from a traditional batch-and-queue approach to one focused directly on the needs of the patient, not on the needs of the practitioners. The purpose of Follow the Leader is to present a picture of how any organization can build a culture based on lean principles and tools. Why tell a story about a dental practice? First, everyone has been to the dentist. Every reader has a common frame of reference and therefore has experienced the processes and problems Dr. Bahri describes. Second, he happens to be one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable lean thinkers and practitioners in any field. Follow the Learner provides a glimpse into what it means to become a lean learning organization and a leadership model for continuously improving it. People at all levels of lean experience in any type of organization will be able to read this book and better understand the universal application of both lean methods and leadership practices.
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.