It is generally accepted that leadership plays a pivotal role in implementing lean and the characteristics of a ‘lean leader’ have become more clearly defined in recent years.
The SUCCESS programme - Sustainable Channelled Change in Every Scale and Situation - ran from 2004 to 2008 and was part of Cardiff University's Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre's work. It was designed to extend the focus of Lean Thinking away from just 'how do you get going?' to 'how do you sustain it over the medium term?'.
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Training Within Industry – TWI – is often referred to as the forerunner of contemporary lean thinking and was developed in the US to support the World War Two war effort. The TWI programme focused on the development of three key managerial skills, considered necessary for leaders and workers and it is increasing being used and adapted to meet today's leadership challenges.