For Lean Initiative to Succeed, It Helps if the CEO Is an Expert on Lean
By: Industry Week 10.29.2012
Legendary lean practitioner Art Byrne says he didn't have to accept excuses from employees when he requested dramatic improvements on the plant floor. That's because Byrne had become a "lean expert" and knew what type of changes were possible. There's a big difference between CEOs who engage in lean and those who simply encourage it.
"The CEO has to be comfortable making other people uncomfortable in order to get big change," says the former Wiremold Co. CEO. "That's part of the reason you want to be a lean expert."
Byrne, who now serves as operating partner at private equity firm J.W. Childs Associates, helped turn around wiring and cable products manufacturer Wiremold in the 1990s using lean as the foundation.