• Developing leaders at Toyota: Professor Jeffrey Liker, of the University of Michigan, discusses what real lean leadership is, offering insight into how Toyota develops its people.
  • Managing maintenance: Ian Tindle of Sora Group and Peter Watkins of GKN share with LMJ a case study on the engineering group’s Rockford plant in Illinois, United States, where a new approach to maintenance had been adopted with success.
  • Do it yourself!: Does self-management work? Joseph Ricciardelli, director of Italy-based Tecla Consulting, wonders whether a leaderless company can function.
  • Brain challengeJohn Bicheno offers a reflection on some of the most relevant topics related to lean leadership.
  • Effective leadership for lean: What makes leadership work in a lean environment? Harry Dunlevy of Independent tells us.


  • A chat with Toyota: Mark Adams, VP of Purchasing at Toyota Europe, speaks with Roberto Priolo about Europe’s automotive supply chain, also touching on how Toyota recovered from the recall crisis and the Japanese tsunami.


  • Contributions in this issue come from editorial board members Jacob Austad and Peter Watkins. Both Jacob and Peter were particularly struck by Robin Howlett’s article on leader standard work appeared in the July/August edition of LMJ. Here they share their opinion on the matter.


  • Winning Shingo BronzeThe whole world watched the London Olympics this summer, but in the meantime Lake Region Medical became the first Irish company to win a Shingo Accreditation Bronze Medallion. Noel Hennessey, CI Director, talks about the company’s standard work model, which helped the business achieve what in the operational excellence world is quite similar to an Olympic medal.


  • Coming clean: In this column, LMJ observes the lean journey of Serbian manufacturer SCGM. Director Sandra Cadjenovic shares the most recent update in the company’s progress in its continuous improvement programme.



  • John Bicheno’s The Fifth Column aims to provoke debate on some of the most interesting and controversial topics in lean, while the Bicheno’s Hansei summarises the main lessons readers can draw from the previous issue of LMJ.