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Most research conducted by the Lean Institute Africa is done in association with MBA students of the UCT Graduate School of Business. To access free copies of MBA research reports, please contact GSB. Here is a recent list of Lean-related Research Reports.
The Lean Institute Africa is the local, authorised distributor of the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) in the USA and as such, distributes books, DVDs and training materials on their behalf.
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Covid19 and the C-5 lens
All of us have been working intensely, rethinking our businesses in the C-19 world. Reflecting on the Lean Institute Africa and our work with several companies (and our involvement in the UCT Graduate School of Business MBA classes!), I’ve been looking to sharpen...
Mapping Uncharted Waters Webinar with Dr Robert Campbell
Thank you for joining us for our webinar on the topic "Mapping Uncharted Waters" with Dr. Robert Campbell, CEO of Nurture Health.If you missed the webinar, or would like to watch again, you can view the recording below And here are the slides.IF YOU'D LIKE TO BE A...
How to embed improvement into your organisation using the Daily Management System – Webinar Recording & slides
Thank you for joining us for our webinar on the topic "How to embed Improvement in your organisation with the Daily Management System" with Dr. Anton Grutter. If you missed the webinar, or would like to watch again, you can view the recording below And here are...
Managing Remote Teams & the Lean Management Journey Webinar Recording & slides
Thank you for joining us for our first-ever webinar on the topic "Managing Remote Teams & the Lean Management Journey" with Prof. Norman Faull and CEO of Radiant Law, Alex Hamilton. If you missed the webinar, or would like to watch again, you can view the...
Relentless Leadership. In a Time of Crisis.
‘Relentless leadership’ was the theme for our Lean Summit Africa 2014. It was a theme that arose from conversations I’d had with Toyota personnel. They wanted me to know that the drive for improvement was relentless, and driven by their leaders. It reminded me of my...
Take your life in your hands
We owe a great deal to Ignaz Semmelweis. ‘Ignaz who?’, you might well ask. Tragically, despite what we owe him, his discovery cost him dearly. He died in dreadful and humiliating circumstances, scorned by his medical peers, and confined in a lunatic asylum through the...
Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic – a short message from our CEO
We find ourselves in a very challenging time, and we are all, in one way or another, feeling the impact of the Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. I wanted to reach out to our Lean Community and send my good wishes to you and your families for good health and grit at a...
14 things I wish I knew when I started my Lean Journey
Wishing you a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2020! I thought it might be a nice start to the year by sharing some key insights I wish I had known when I started on my Lean journey. There are 14 on my list (for now - I'm sure there's a lot more learning...
Lean for Doctors
By: John Toussaint John E. Billi Mark Graban Download article
I grew up amongst the Batswana, where I would regularly eat ting ya mabele (a traditional fermented sorghum porridge) at home, and at celebratory and family events. I did not know how to prepare it and given that it’s now something that I cannot access easily in my...
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THE LEARNING IS IN THE STRUGGLE WITH TERRY O’DONOGHUE
If you missed the webinar with Terry O'Donoghue, from Halfway Toyota, do take a look at the recording below. It is well worth watching! https://youtu.be/3X1z_AISPc4 Read more
Lean Healthcare amidst Covid19: Interview with Len Deacon, SA Homecare
In May 2020 South Africa started to deal with the upsurge in Covid19 cases and healthcare facilities began facing the enormity of the task ahead. On the suggestion of Dr Rob Campbell, CEO of Nurture Health, the Lean Institute Africa coordinated a Lean Healthcare...
The Question of Employee Engagement
I had an interesting conversation with someone that got me thinking about management’s thinking around people engagement in most organisations. The person contrasted experience of working in the private sector with that of working in the public sector. In one of these...
If there is a plan, but most people don’t know about it, then is it a plan?
If there is a plan, but people don’t know about it, then is it a plan? At the start of the Covid19 pandemic Lean Institute Africa offered an organisation pro-bono support to assist with the response to the pandemic. They were initially interested, and our Lean...
“We need more staff!”
They said they just needed more staff. They said their process was good – that a nearby university had reviewed their process and confirmed that fact. They said I should back off and just support their push for more staff. The case for more staff was strong: two hours...