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Lean Thinking

by James P. Womack Daniel T. Jones

Expanded, updated, and more relevant than ever, this bestselling business classic by two internationally renowned management analysts describes a business system for the twenty-first century that supersedes the mass production system of Ford, the financial control system of Sloan, and the strategic system of Welch and GE. It is based on the Toyota (lean) model, which combines operational excellence with value-based strategies to produce steady growth through a wide range of economic conditions. In contrast with the crash-and-burn performance of companies trumpeted by business gurus in the 1990s, the firms profiled inLean Thinking-- from tiny Lantech to midsized Wiremold to niche producer Porsche to gigantic Pratt & Whitney -- have kept on keeping on, largely unnoticed, along a steady upward path through the market turbulence and crushed dreams of the early twenty-first century. Meanwhile, the leader in lean thinking -- Toyota -- has set its sights on leadership of the global motor vehicle industry in this decade. Instead of constantly reinventing business models, lean thinkers go back to basics by asking what the customer really perceives asvalue. (It's often not at all what existing organizations and assets would suggest. ) The next step is to line up value-creating activities for a specific product along avalue streamwhile eliminating activities (usually the majority) that don't add value. Then the lean thinker creates aflowcondition in which the design and the product advance smoothly and rapidly at thepullof the customer (rather than the push of the producer). Finally, as flow and pull are implemented, the lean thinker speeds up the cycle of improvement in pursuit ofperfection. The first part of this book describes each of these concepts and makes them come alive with striking examples. Lean Thinkingclearly demonstrates that these simple ideas can breathe new life into any company in any industry in any country. But most managers need guidance on how to make the lean leap in their firm. Part II provides a step-by-step action plan, based on in-depth studies of more than fifty lean companies in a wide range of industries across the world. Even those readers who believe they have embraced lean thinking will discover in Part III that another dramatic leap is possible by creating an extended lean enterprise for each of their product families that tightly links value-creating activities from raw materials to customer. In Part IV, an epilogue to the original edition, the story of lean thinking is brought up-to-date with an enhanced action plan based on the experiences of a range of lean firms since the original publication ofLean Thinking. Lean Thinkingdoes not provide a new management "program" for the one-minute manager. Instead, it offers a new method of thinking, of being, and, above all, of doing for the serious long-term manager -- a method that is changing the world.

Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation

by James P. Womack Daniel T. Jones

Expanded, updated, and more relevant than ever, this bestselling business classic by two internationally renowned management analysts describes a business system for the twenty-first century that supersedes the mass production system of Ford, the financial control system of Sloan, and the strategic system of Welch and GE. It is based on the Toyota (lean) model, which combines operational excellence with value-based strategies to produce steady growth through a wide range of economic conditions. In contrast with the crash-and-burn performance of companies trumpeted by business gurus in the 1990s, the firms profiled in Lean Thinking -- from tiny Lantech to midsized Wiremold to niche producer Porsche to gigantic Pratt & Whitney -- have kept on keeping on, largely unnoticed, along a steady upward path through the market turbulence and crushed dreams of the early twenty-first century. Meanwhile, the leader in lean thinking -- Toyota -- has set its sights on leadership of the global motor vehicle industry in this decade. Instead of constantly reinventing business models, lean thinkers go back to basics by asking what the customer really perceives as value. (It's often not at all what existing organizations and assets would suggest.) The next step is to line up value-creating activities for a specific product along a value stream while eliminating activities (usually the majority) that don't add value. Then the lean thinker creates a flow condition in which the design and the product advance smoothly and rapidly at the pull of the customer (rather than the push of the producer). Finally, as flow and pull are implemented, the lean thinker speeds up the cycle of improvement in pursuit of perfection. The first part of this book describes each of these concepts and makes them come alive with striking examples. Lean Thinking clearly demonstrates that these simple ideas can breathe new life into any company in any industry in any country. But most managers need guidance on how to make the lean leap in their firm. Part II provides a step-by-step action plan, based on in-depth studies of more than fifty lean companies in a wide range of industries across the world. Even those readers who believe they have embraced lean thinking will discover in Part III that another dramatic leap is possible by creating an extended lean enterprise for each of their product families that tightly links value-creating activities from raw materials to customer. In Part IV, an epilogue to the original edition, the story of lean thinking is brought up-to-date with an enhanced action plan based on the experiences of a range of lean firms since the original publication of Lean Thinking. Lean Thinking does not provide a new management "program" for the one-minute manager. Instead, it offers a new method of thinking, of being, and, above all, of doing for the serious long-term manager -- a method that is changing the world.

The Leap

by Jonathan Stroud

No one believes Charlie when she tells them what happened to Max at the Mill Pool. They all think she's in shock; even her brother James can't begin to understand. So as she recovers in the hospital bed, Charlie vows to hunt for Max alone.

Leap Day

by Wendy Mass

Sometimes Josie wonders what other people are thinking, and in this uniquely constructed novel, readers "leap" into the minds and viewpoints of Josie and everyone around her as she goes through her day. Josie learns that birthday surprises, play auditions, and the all-important initiation at the lake may be the things that define her today, but what defines her tomorrow and in the days to come are the people that touch her life at every moment. This fascinating and surprising novel, now in paperback, is full of everyday imaginations and truths in the life and future of one everygirl teenager.

A Leap In The Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic

by John Ferling

"1 1754-1763 "Join, or Die" 1 2 1763-1766 "A Loss of Respect and Affection" 23 3 1766-1770 "To Crush the Spirit of the Colonies" 53 4 1770-1774 "The Cause of Boston Now Is the Cause of America" 87 5 1775-1776 "To Die Freemen Rather Than to Live Slaves" 123 6 1776-1777 "A Leap Into the Dark" 167 7 1778-1782 "This Wilderness of Darkness Dangers" 209 8 1783-1787 "The Present Paroxysm of Our Affairs" 247" The chapter titles give a taste of the author's creative, quick-moving style of presenting early United States history.

Leap Intermediate: Reading and Writing

by Ken Beatty

LEAP Intermediate Reading and Writing continues to offer interesting, challenging and varied content with strong vocabulary work, emphasizing Academic Word List items, and solid text-based skills development, including academic skills and critical thinking. At the same time LEAP Intermediate is adapted for learners at a lower level of language proficiency, with vocabulary activities preceding each reading/listening text, a new focus on grammar per chapter and more basic comprehension checks.

Leap Into Danger

by Leif Hamre

Seen from the air, the white-and-green beauty of the vast Norwegian forest hardly seemed a portrait of peril. Yet the moment the motor of their plane had failed, the two young Air Force pilots knew that the routine patrol had turned into a rendezvous with impending disaster. The parachute descent into the frozen wilderness below is merely a prologue. Then begins their struggle for survival while a blizzard rages, preventing search planes from making a rescue operation. Their ingenious plans to keep alive-a rough shelter of branches, fishlines rigged through the ice in a nearby lake, and snares set for ptarmigan -at first help to sustain them. But when-despite a roaring fire outside their flimsy shelter entrance-a pack of ravening wolves draws closer and closer, both men are filled with the chilling doubt that they will ever be found alive. Leif Hamre, a lieutenant-colonel in the Norwegian Air Force, has written from firsthand knowledge a taut, absorbing, and authentic story that takes the reader into the very heart of danger.

Leap of Faith

by Danielle Steel

In her fifty-second bestselling novel, Danielle Steel weaves a compelling story of the power of lies, the misuse of trust -- and of one woman's triumph over a devastating betrayal.Marie-Ange Hawkins has the kind of childhood that most people dream of. Freedom, love, security in a beautiful old French château. But when Marie-Ange is just eleven, a tragic accident marks the end of her idyllic life. Orphaned and alone, she is sent to America, to live with her great-aunt on a farm in Iowa. Bitterly resented by the old woman, cut off from everything she has known and loved, Marie-Ange is forced to work tirelessly on the farm, dreaming only of the day she can return to her beloved Château de Marmouton.In Marie-Ange's isolated existence, only the friendship of a local boy, Billy Parker, offers comfort and hope. But her only wish is to gain an education -- and escape. Then, just after her twenty-first birthday, an unexpected visitor brings startling news and an extraordinary gift: the freedom to return to France, to Château de Marmouton. When she arrives in France, Marie-Ange learns that the château's new owner is Comte Bernard de Beauchamp, a dashing young widower who invites her into his home, then into his heart. But their magical life together, which soon includes marriage, children, and lavish homes, slowly takes an ominous turn. A mysterious woman tells Marie-Ange a shocking story, a story so chilling she doesn't want to believe it.Not even her dear friend Billy can help her now. He is thousands of miles away. And as the darkness gathers around her, Marie-Ange must find the faith and courage to take one, last desperate step to save her loved ones ... and herself.Danielle Steel's powerful new novel is about being pulled into a place where nothing is what it seems. It is about being seduced and lied to and turned around, and wanting to believe the lies -- until the moment comes, in one blinding instant, when survival and salvation depend on a final Leap of Faith: the only path to freedom, and life.From the Trade Paperback edition.

A Leap of Faith

by Lenora Worth

AN UNEXPECTED BOSSWhen her father suffered a heart attack, urban sophisticate Autumn Clancy decided to come home. As she tried to take the reins of her family's firm, she discovered that dear old Dad had hired someone else to handle business - sweet-talking Campbell Dupree - who brought out the worst in Autumn. . . ;and made her wonder if true love really did exist. He'd never met a woman more headstrong than Autumn, or more likely to get under his skin. While Campbell tried to charm her, he knew deep down that this was one special lady who deserved the best. Would the good Lord deem him worthy enough to win her heart?

Leap of Faith

by Angela Dell'Isola

Eleanor can travel in time -- but can she reach the person she loves?

Leap of Faith

by Kim O'Brien

Deena is driven by the past and things she cannot change. When breast cancer took Deena Bradley's mom when Deena was just a teen, she vowed to find a cure. As an adult, she became a medical researcher with her PhD, determined to keep that promise. But Deena knows she carries the BRCA1 gene, which puts her at greatest risk for developing the disease herself. So she buries herself in her work, avoiding most relationships and deciding never to have a family of her own. But a crisis in her sister's life puts Deena in charge of a cabin full of 12-year-old girls at a summer camp#151;and Deena finds herself questioning her choices in ways she never thought possible. And Spencer Rossi, the handsome EMT working as camp nurse, only adds to her heart's confusion!

Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life

by Queen Noor

A dramatic and inspiring story of Arab-American Lisa Halliby, her marriage to King Hussein, humanitarian activist in a court where women are only expected to keep their husbands happy.

Leapfrog

by Anna Kushner Guillermo Rosales

The "prequel" to Rosales's "tragically beautiful and unforgettable" (Los Angeles Times) Cuban-American novel The Halfway House Leapfrog depicts one summer in the life of a very poor young boy in post-revolutionary Havana in the late '50s. He has superhero fantasies, hangs around with the neighborhood kids, smokes cigarettes, tells very lame jokes: "By the way, do you know who died? No. Someone who was alive. Laughter." The kids fight, discuss the mysteries of religion and sex, and play games -- such as leapfrog. So vivid and so very credible, Leapfrog reads as if Rosales had simply transcribed everything that he'd heard or said for this one moving and touching book about a lost childhood. Leapfrog was a finalist for Cuba's prestigious Casa de las Americas award in 1968. Years later, Rosales's sister told The Miami Herald that Rosales felt he hadn't won the prize because his book lacked sufficient leftist fervor, and that subtle critiques of cruel children and hypocritical adults throughout the playful recollections had clearly "rankled" state officials. In the end the novel never appeared in Cuba. It was first published in Spain in 1994, a year after Rosales's death.

Leapholes

by James Grippando

Ryan Coolidge hates middle school and is in the worst kind of trouble--trouble with the law. The one person who can help Ryan is a mysterious old lawyer named Hezekiah. Hezekiah may have magical powers, or he may have the most elaborate computerized law library ever conceived. Either way, together, Ryan and Hezekiah do their legal research by zooming through leapholes, physically entering the law books, and coming face-to-face with actual people from some of our nation's most famous cases--like Rosa Parks and Dred Scott--who will help Ryan defend himself in court. It is time travel with a legal twist, where law books and important legal precedents come to life.

LEAPS Trading Strategies

by Marty Kearney

Investors are increasingly turning to LEAPS (Long-Term Equity AnticiPation Securities) to combine the advantages of options trading with the benefits and security of a longer time frame. Here, Marty Kearney of the Options Institute at the Chicago Board Options Exchange examines the wide range of practical and effective strategies for managing LEAPS, and shows you how to match these strategies to your own risk profile.Learn how to tailor your options program using LEAPS and devise key strategies to improve profitability, protect paper profits, and avoid losses in long stock positions.Use LEAPS to produce monthly incomeIdentify key elements in determining LEAPS pricesMaster LEAPS symbols and expiration cyclesInsure your portfolio against market pullbacksManage year-end tax consequencesEstablish security positions with little riskKearney walks you through the inner workings of LEAPS and shows you compelling strategies for incorporating them into your overall approach to market. With instant access to the online video, you'll have everything you need to begin profiting with LEAPS.

Learn Bookkeeping in 7 Days

by Rod Caldwell

Do you struggle with keeping your books?Do you dread facing your finances?Do you constantly fear that the tax man will come knocking?Learn Bookkeeping in 7 Days is your step-by-step guide to taking the stress out of keeping your books!This small business guide covers all of the basics, from setting up a general ledger through to confidently conquering your BAS, and all that's in between. In 7 quick and easy steps this book arms you with the knowledge you need to move to more advanced systems and will free up your time to focus on your business.Packed full of taxation tips, tricks and traps, this is essential reading for all small business owners and anyone wanting to easily and quickly learn bookkeeping.*Bonus resources can be downloaded from the author's website at www.tpabusiness.com.au.

Learn Calligraphy

by Margaret Shepherd

In an age of myriad computer fonts and instant communication, your handwriting style is increasingly a very personal creation. In this book, Margaret Shepherd, America's premier calligrapher, shows you that calligraphy is not simply a craft you can learn, but an elegant art form that you can make your own.Calligraphy remains perennially popular, often adorning wedding invitations, diplomas, and commercial signs. Whether it is Roman, Gothic, Celtic, Bookhand, or Italic style, calligraphy conveys class and elegance. Margaret Shepherd makes this ancient art form accessible in a completely hand-lettered technical guide that will:* Provide context for calligraphy as an art, exploring the rich tradition of hand-lettering and mapping the evolution of the most popular styles.* Give detailed technical advice on choosing pens, paper, and inks, setting up your workspace, mastering various pen angles, along with step-by-step illustrations to guide you as you practice. * Explain which alphabets are appropriate for different forms of writing. For example, the Roman alphabet works well for short, unpunctuated passages, while the Italic alphabet is more suited to informal everyday communication. * Encourage you to personalize your lettering by using variant strokes and interpreting how you would like the words to look on the page.* Inspire you with carefully chosen illustrations and examples, which bring letters to life.In Margaret Shepherd's own words, "Calligraphy trains not only your eye and hand, but your mind as well." Learn Calligraphy is the authoritative primer for this age-old craft, and will help develop a new appreciation for lettering as you discover your creative personality.

Learn French In A Hurry

by Laura Lawless

Sure, you can blurt out Merci! and Oui! Oui! and Garcon! as well as the next tourist, but in truth your French lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. That just won't do if you're touring the City of Light or sunning in Tahiti or ordering a la carte in a Montreal cafe. Whether you're traveling to a French-speaking country or learning French for business, this pocket-sized primer is your passeport to one of the world's most beautiful - and useful - languages.Learn French in a Hurry features:Common French phrases (days of the week, numbers, letters)Pronunciation and conjugation tips and tricksGrammar made easyUseful words and termsHelpful French-English and English-French dictionariesWith Learn French in a Hurry, you'll master le francais right away!

Learn French In A Hurry

by Laura K. Lawless

Sure, you can blurt out Merci! and Oui! Oui! and Garcon! as well as the next tourist, but in truth your French lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. That just won't do if you're touring the City of Light or sunning in Tahiti or ordering a la carte in a Montreal cafe. Whether you're traveling to a French-speaking country or learning French for business, this pocket-sized primer is your passeport to one of the world's most beautiful-and useful-languages. Learn French in a Hurry features: Common French phrases (days of the week, numbers, letters) Pronunciation and conjugation tips and tricks Grammar made easy Useful words and terms Helpful French-English and English-French dictionaries With Learn French in a Hurry, you'll master le francais right away!

Learn German in a Hurry

by Edward Swick

You may recognize the distinct sound of the German language when you hear it-but that's not enough if you're planning a trip to a German-speaking country, is it? What if you want to get a head start for your first language class? Wouldn't it be nice to be able to talk to Grandpa on the phone-in his native tongue? With this ideal pocket-sized primer, now you can do all of these things! Learn German in a Hurry teaches you all you need, and offers you: Commonly used German phrases (days of the week, numbers, letters); Pronunciations and conjugations; Grammar and sentence construction; Useful words and terms; Helpful German-English and English-German dictionaries; and more. Complete with easy-to-read tables and pronunciations guides, Learn German in a Hurry is your key to learning die deutsche before you know it!

Learn German in a Hurry

by Edward Swick

The Ultimate Guide to Learning German, im Schnellgang! Sure, you may know your bratwurst from your wiener schnitzel--but that will only get you so far if you're planning a trip to a German-speaking country, or want to get ahead in your German 101 class. With this ideal pocket-sized primer you can leave the brat behind and learn how to master the basics of German in no time! Learn German in a Hurryteaches you all you need, and offers you Commonly used German phrases (days of the week, numbers, letters), Pronunciations and conjugations, Grammar and sentence construction, Useful words and terms, and Helpful German-English and English-German dictionaries. Complete with easy-to-read tables and pronunciation guides,Learn German in a Hurryis your key to learning "die deutsche" before you know it!

Learn Italian in a Hurry

by Michael P San Felippo

You know how to order your favorite ravioli or vino--but that can only get you so far. If you are planning to travel to an Italian-speaking country or want a jumpstart on how to parlarle for a class, Learn Italian in a Hurry is your ideal pocket-sized primer to learning this beautiful language, with sections on: Commonly used Italian phrases (days of the week, numbers, letters); Pronunciations and conjugations; Grammar and sentence construction; Useful words and terms; Helpful Italian-English and English-Italian dictionaries; and more. Complete with easy-to-read tables, pronunciations guides throughout, and even a must-visit list of Italian cities, Learn Italian in a Hurry is your key to learning Italian rapidamente!

Learn Italian in a Hurry

by Michael P. San Filippo

The Ultimate Guide to Learning Italian ASAP! You know how to order your favorite "ravioli" or "vino"--but that can only get you so far. If you are planning to travel to an Italian-speaking country or want a jumpstart on on how to "parlare" for a class,Learn Italian in a Hurryis your ideal pocket-sized primer to learn this beautiful language, with sections on Commonly used Italian phrases (days of the week, letter, numbers), Pronunciations and conjugations, Grammar and sentence construction, Useful words and terms, and Helpful Italian-English and English-Italian dictionaries. Complete with easy-to-read tables, pronunciation guides throughout, and even a must-visit list of Italian cities,Learn Italian in a Hurryis your key to learning Italian "rapidamente"!

Learn Like a Leader

by Marshall Goldsmith Beverly Kaye Ken Shelton

Why are some people able to grow in their careers while others never fully reach their potential? Learn Like a Leader explores this question by examining defining moments of leadership. The authors share personal stories gathered from great leaders such as James Collins, Warren Bennis, and Dave Ulrich, portraying the power of storytelling in training and mentoring.

Learn Marketing With Social Media in 7 Days: Master Twitter, LinkedIn & Facebook For Business

by Linda Coles

Discover how to use social media to give your business an unbeatable competitive edge in no time! Written by an internationally renowned social media guru, Learn Marketing with Social Media in 7 Days supplies you with the knowledge and tools needed to use Twitter, LindkenIn, Facebook, YouTube and other popular social media platforms to grow your business. Geared towards small business owners and entrepreneurs, it provides step-by-step guidance on creating low-cost, high-impact online marketing strategies that really work. You'll learn how to create an effective social media presence for your business, measure the fruits of your efforts, and maintain your social media sites in just thirty minutes a day. Supported by practical information, templates and case studies, this book is for savvy business owners and managers who want to understand their customers better, improve their business networks, and gain an unbeatable competitive edge online. Packed with valuable tips, tricks, and time-saving shortcuts, this is essential reading for anyone looking to quickly and easily build a business presence online Build and maintain effective relationships online in thirty minutes per day Harness your Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages to gain the edge on your competitors Learn how other companies are using the sites and gaining success

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