Lean Thinking by James P.Womack and Daniel T.Jones

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In my previous blog post The Machine That Changed The World by James P. Womack, Daniel T.Jones and Daniel Roos I wrote about the virtues of Lean Principles and how I started to implement that way of thinking in my business and personal life. As a voracious reader of books I have a very healthy habit. People often ask me how I choose my books and it is simple. I read what I enjoy and this means I faithfully pursue books from the same author, or books that particular author has recommended.

Lean Thinking by James P.Womack and Daniel T.Roos was purchased right after I had finished The Machine That Changed The World. What I loved about Lean Thinking was the way Womack and Roos had taken the information cluttered in their first book and laid it out in a step-by-step guide for Lean Thinkers.

On the front cover of the book are the words, “Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation.” I have found out, over time, that you can replace the word Corporation with Life and you have a new mantra, “Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your LIFE.” Indeed I found the latter much easier to accomplish and the purchase of the Lean Thinking book signified the end of my 19-year relationship with the Railway Industry.

By now I was going through business books on a weekly basis but I was like the owner of a battleship. I had all of these mighty weapons but didn’t quite know what to do with them all. Very few people in my business were on my wavelength and those that were did not want to rock the boat. Corus continued to work alongside me and must have harboured hope that I could effect change, but ultimately due to a lack of skill and the power of a senior management group who would not listen – I failed.

These days I use Lean Principles as a way of improving my personal life and my own career as a writer/helper of people. I couldn’t sit by and watch as my railway world was turned upside down. In the world of Lean, people are celebrated and yet in my world they were sacrificed. In the world of Lean, people’s skills were improved and yet in my world they were seen as a cost and training as an unnecessary expense.

Lean Thinking by James P. Womack, Daniel T.Jones is a superbly set out book that teaches you the core principles of Lean Thinking. Once you read this book most of the changes you notice in the most promising companies in the world all have a tie to the teachings of this great book. If you want to live a life of personal continuous improvement, if you want to be a Daydreamer then you need to read this book.

What is the most influential book you have ever read? Please share it with us.

Inspiration

My decision to include this book in my top ten most influential books was an easy one. It is based on a subject that is core to the way I try to live my life as a Daydreamer.

It can also be used as an inspiration for writers when it comes to creating longevity in their text. Your passive income will be higher if you can write more and more books so bear this in mind and create a series of books on the subject you have mastered. This is what Womack and Jones do very well and I for one am inspired by it.

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