Quantum Lean: Taking Lean Systems to the Next Level is a decidedly different twist on what is becoming a somewhat polarized, slightly Eastern philosophized corporate psychology model. With respect to the latter category, experienced entrepreneurs and business experts Sean Fields and Michael Sanders throw the baby out with the bath water. They aren’t interested in grand, verbose statements and dispose of any excess recherché affiliated with the concept of the Lean System, a business management technique developed by Toyota in the nineteen-fifties. It’s a decidedly practical philosophy that deals with simple but effective precepts to follow, allegedly ensuring fluidity and collective success for any company or endeavor that chooses to follow it. Many businesses have been adopting more holistic and spiritualistic approaches to management, and the Lean System model is one of the better ones. Fields and Sanders, as the title to their new book suggests, talk about a series of personalized approaches they have when implementing the method which can take the Lean System to new and full-circled heights.
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Fields and Sanders divide their analysis of the Lean technique into four, distinctive parts of their book titled Defining Quantum Lean (1-3) and Product Path Diagram. Fields and Sanders brilliantly summarize the necessary irony of developing groundbreaking ideology by way of a standardized system of thinking, in the preface stating in one of the bullet-points ‘When someone says to think outside of the box, in-the-box thinking is about to follow’. They also referentially log line Lean by way of a Shigeo Shingo quote, summarizing the process as ‘a way of thinking, not a list of things to do’. Subsequently they proceed to eloquently but clearly lay out the Lean System model in the first three chapters of the book, Defining Quantum Lean (1-3) before essentially summarizing all of the content like a position paper in the fourth, Product Path Diagram.
They also highlight the three main compartmentalized thinking models adhering to Lean, complete with real-world and topically relevant analogies and examples that paint scenarios ranging from minimum-wage positions to highly sought-after, white-collar job opportunities. In making the processes relevant to daily life, Fields and Sanders brilliantly bridge the gap between unsure skeptics and die-hard believers in corporately applied, new thought philosophies – the precepts Conversion, Non-Conversion, and Delay flashing in red repeatedly through the reader and follower’s mind.
In short, Fields and Sanders’ Quantum Lean may not be an exercise in corporate psychological originality, but what it does do is make a fairly exclusive and interpretive think movement understandable. If more books followed this model, the continued expansion and evolution of secular societal approaches to business would flourish – perhaps resulting in a collective game change beneficial for all regardless of initial belief system. A highly recommended read for anyone (not) overwhelmed about the state-of-affairs of their business. And a highly recommended read for anyone (truly) overwhelmed or concerned about the state-of-affairs of their business. A 4/5, specifically for its clear communication of complex conceptual analysis.