The Basics of Hoshin Kanri by Randy K. Kesterson

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Synopsis

The problem with most Hoshin Kanri books is that they describe a complex methodology that is overwhelming to most leaders and their organizations. The need to essentially change the culture of the entire organization to make Hoshin work isn’t practical for most companies when first starting out.

The Basics of Hoshin Kanri uses an easy-to-follow story format to simplify and explain Hoshin Kanri – a method for strategy deployment. Supplying clear descriptions of the steps of Hoshin Kanri, it advocates using Hoshin as an important tool for improving an organization’s existing planning and execution system while simultaneously moving the culture of the organization forward.

The book provides readers with a new understanding of Hoshin Kanri as a powerful deployment system for strategic planning, defining a direction and priorities, and aligning the organization around that direction. It begins by telling the story of a manufacturing executive that uses a simple Hoshin Kanri approach to make significant change in his personal life.

Next, the book illustrates how this executive prepares to apply Hoshin Kanri to deploy strategy within his business. It concludes by presenting fascinating excerpts from the author’s own interviews with experts in the field of Hoshin Kanri. 

All business leaders want their organizations to be "great" in all respects, but the reality is that they must get to "good" before they can consider becoming "great."

 

About Randy K. Kesterson

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Randy Kesterson has held executive-level positions at General Dynamics and Curtiss-Wright, with prior successful experience at Harsco Corporation, John Deere, and at privately held Young & Franklin/Tactair Fluid Controls. He also worked as a management consultant to organizations such as Bank of America, Caterpillar, Motorola, Bank of Montreal, Ford Motor Company, Milliken & Company, RJ Reynolds, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).Randy serves as the chair of the advisory board for the Center for Global Supply Chain and Process Management at the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business. He earned his Six Sigma Black Belt at North Carolina State University/IES. He earned his bachelor of science in engineering operations from Iowa State University and attended Syracuse University where he earned his MBA with a concentration in operations management. Randy and his family live in North Carolina.
 
Published August 21, 2014 by CRC Press. 165 pages
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