Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
– Bruce Lee
The Simple Leader is a collection of concepts and ideas I have discovered and developed over time. I don’t by any means claim to be the originator of any of them.
The Buddha himself famously said, “Be a lamp unto yourselves,” and told his students they must test everything he said against their own experience. Just as simply adopting another organization’s best practices without clearly understanding why and the context will often fail, mindlessly adopting new personal and professional leadership methods can also fail.
Think about the concepts in this book and how they might apply to you and your team. Take, and modify what makes sense and leave the rest, perhaps for another day.
The book is organized into eight parts, each with a different purpose:
- Part One: Fundamentals – A quick history lesson and exploration of the basics of Lean and Zen.
- Part Two: Reconnect – Before you do anything, a leader has to be in touch with her or his inner self.
- Part Three: Create – Methods to improve personal productivity to prepare for the work that is coming.
- Part Four: Lead – How to engage and lead your team as you begin the improvement journey.
- Part Five: Clarify – Clarifying what you and your organization is about, defining the current state and the desired future state, and creating a plan.
- Part Six: Simplify – Now that you have a plan, you can take the first step and simplify your operation within the context of that plan.
- Part Seven: Improve – Methods to identify and execute improvement projects within the context of your plan.
- Part Eight: Grow – Within ongoing improvement in place, it’s time to stretch you and your organization even further.
If you’d like to dive deeper into some of the concepts, the Resources section has a list of books as well as a link to the online resources at http://www.TheSimpleLeader.com. There you’ll find links those same books on Amazon, as well as other online resources, including videos.