Having evolved from the Toyota Production System, “Lean” has become a mainstay of management for successful business leaders in virtually every industry.  Lean management leads to engaged employees, higher productivity, loyal customers, and sustainable competitive advantage.

Essential Lean Management is a Lean-inspired system in which managers and employees work as partners to perform and improve everyday work, resulting in the delivery of maximum value to customers with great efficiency and safety.  Although the system was built from the ground up for broad application to all types and sizes of organizations, it is especially relevant and important for small and midsize service businesses. 

This website contains tutorials, tools,  articles and other educational and management resources which support the learning, teaching and practice of the Essential Lean Management (ELM) system.  These resources are organized around the ELM partnering model which represents Lean as a cycle of five essential operating practices, each of which is supported by particular Lean techniques and skills.

David H. Hinds, Ph.D.

President, Hinds & Associates

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Author of The Essence of Lean: A Superior System of Management

Educator, author and entrepreneur, David is passionate about the value and importance of Lean management to the future of American business.

For years, the small and midsize business community has been underserved by many consultants, writers, and business schools when it comes to management ideas and tools. These businesses are often thought of as smaller versions of Fortune 500 corporations – a view which is both inaccurate and unproductive. Essential Lean Management provides a unique and urgently needed resource for these amazing businesses which represent the backbone of our economy and, in many ways, the foundation of our society.

Send inquiries to David@HindsandAssociates.com