Category: Book Reviews

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There is No Such Thing as Sustainability

One of the finds during my ongoing spring cleaning at the Gemba office was an article with quotes by outdoor clothing and equipment company Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, with references to his book Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman. I read this story of both

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Review of A Fine Line by Hartmut Esslinger

On the recommendation of Matthew May, author, speaker and consultant to blue chip companies on innovation, lean and change, I read A Fine Line: How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of Business. Written by Hartmut Esslinger, founder of global innovation firm frog design, inc, the book is part professional

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Review of Work the System by Sam Carpenter

The title of Sam Carpenter’s Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less is deceiving. It sounds like another “4 hour work week” promise-of-personal-wealth-and-happiness book of the moment. In fact “work the system” even suggests cheating, something Sam Carpenter is careful to point out is not

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All Aboard the Kaizen Express!

My review copies of Kaizen Express and The Birth of Lean arrived today from the Lean Enterprise Institute. Thank you, LEI! The first book I had already read in Japan and the second I have been looking forward to reading. A full review of The Birth of Lean will follow

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Henry Ford Learned from Sears & Roebuck?

I am reading a fascinating book called The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. It traces the origin and development of the joint-stock company through the modern corporation and its impact on the world. At less than 200 pages it is highly

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