What should you expect from the book?
The book was written during hundreds of trips to various Mining, Rail and Port operations. These facilities are located within the rich, beautiful landscapes of North Western Australia (more commonly refered to as the Pilbara). I would write on the aeroplane to site, in the bus, and in the taxi back home. Each day I would scour for evidence of Lean thinking. Instead of being to theoretical I decided to use simple stories to bring the 5-principle to light. The Lean methodology should be accessible to any person. It was never supposed to be complicated.
The book is divided into two sections
Section One focuses on gaining more understanding of the five principles I believe are essential to creating personal and workplace excellence. Under each of the five principles, I uncover twenty-three specific actions required to enable the principle being put forward. I end each action with a quote to help make the point.
Section Two focuses entirely on using short stories (narratives) to help the reader find out more about each of the principles. Instead of using overcomplicated, theoretical text, I have decided to use the medium of short stories to bring the principles to life. Storytelling remains one of the most effective means to convey messages—why not use it, then, to explain how we can flick the switch.
Each narrative is divided into five parts:
1. A descriptive title and simple cartoon introduce the story.
2. A setting follows, usually two to three paragraphs on a specific event I have
observed during the course of a normal day (work or non-work related).
3. These events are then paralleled against a specific organisational process or
4. I then introduce a Lean fact applicable to this organisational context.
5. I end each narrative with a quote to help the reader further absorb and retain