Award winning author Stephen Weller is a consultant for health care organizations deploying Lean concepts. His passion for Lean led him to write The Progressive series. As a kid, Stephen aspired to be a movie director because he wanted to entertain. His path led elsewhere, but with the writing of his first two books, a spark reignited his dreams to entertain. Now Stephen, along with his wife, is writing a SCI-FI book series known as Kantara.
Keiji, a modern young college student, is unexpectedly hurled into the past. Known as "The Traveler," he learns he now has a superhuman ability and Earth is far different than anything he ever imagined.
The planet is the focus of intergalactic attention where an imminent attack leads to an impending apocalypse. The only hope for the future lies with the Kantara Scrolls which hold the secrets to overcoming a growing malevolent force.
The Traveler embarks on a crusade to find the Kantara Scrolls. His heroic adventure will lead him to unimaginable marvels where he will be joined by dynamic characters as they head toward a climactic confrontation with an unforeseen enemy.
The story of innovation isn't always told in novels. Sometimes it evolves from ingenuity, curiosity, and sheer will. That is the story of Lean--before we called it "Lean." The Progressive Machine is Stephen Weller's definitive primer on how a very important concept in production and service excellence came into being. Like the philosophy itself, the ideas neither start nor end here, helping to develop a leadership mindset that not only continuously improves, but also continues to grow. That is the heart of Lean. By always looking for better ways to think and do things, we are always changing the world, one step at a time.
This book is less about the concepts and more about the people who brought them to life. These innovators saw opportunities to increase the value of the work around them. In doing so, they each laid the foundation for what is now considered an integral part of how to operate.
In the midst of a global pandemic, a hospital is struggling financially and at risk of shutting down. Tim Anderson, a young analyst, embarks on a journey to implement a Lean management method to improve efficiencies. But as Tim becomes embroiled in the intricacies of an organization on the verge of collapse, he, along with his mentor Kate, discovers the harsh realities of the health care business and what it means to be a servant leader of those who devote their lives to caring for others.
An inspiring tale that speaks to both caregivers and patients alike, The Progressive Hospital explores the dynamics and complexities of health care, and what can be achieved when organizational transformation embraces humanity.