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“Dan Markovitz continues his enduring quest to help organizations, leaders, and people to contribute more with less, to improve effectiveness not just efficiency, to increase achievement and enjoyment.  He is a writer of noble intent, making an impact through the hard discipline of writing well.” 
- Jim Collins, author, Good to Great, Built to Last, and Great by Choice

“Outstanding performance is the goal. Organizational health is the means. And fitness is at the core of it all. Markovitz is spot on regarding his observations and recommendations for building a fit organization that thrills customers, thrives during difficult times, and provides a meaningful work environment for the employees who deserve nothing less.”

- Karen Martin, President, The Karen Martin Group, author, The Outstanding Organization

“Dan is one of today's leading voices revealing the role of skill development in organizations, and how practice is a vital ingredient for acquiring new skill, mindset and making change really happen.”
- Mike Rother, author of Toyota Kata

“Dan brings to life the essence of a successful continuous improvement journey- it is all about the people. By reframing the journey as a quest for organizational fitness, Dan captures practical, profound insights that will drive any aspiring Lean organization to greater success.”
- Bob Chapman, CEO, Barry-Wehmiller

“Dan Markovitz is a remarkable sensei, and this book reflects his ability to take complex content and make it digestible and actionable. Dan makes us realize that lean is not a mystery that migrated from Japan but skills that anyone can master regardless of their industry or line of work. This book should encourage readers to use lean thinking at work and in their personal life.”
- Sherry Neubert, Chief Information Officer, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

"In writing Building the Fit Organization Dan Markovitz explains what it takes to become a successful Lean Organization without using any of the Lean jargon…making the subject more understandable and approachable.  And in doing so, he demonstrates that any organization, not just manufacturing, can become Fit.  For executives that have either avoided the subject until now, or those who have tried and struggled with it, Building the Fit Organization is required reading."
- Orry Fiume, Vice President Finance-Retired: The Wiremold Company and co-author, Real Numbers:Management Accounting in a Lean Organization

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago ... so to with starting the journey to organizational fitness. The second best time is TODAY. Building the Fit Organization shows you how, with specific first steps for next Monday morning. Thanks Dan Markovitz for sharing your wisdom. Whether personally, or organizationally, you remind us that there is always room for improvement.”
- Rich Sheridan, CEO, Chief Storyteller, Menlo Innovations, Author, Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love

"What do physical fitness and organizational fitness have in common? More than you think. Dan Markovitz’s ability to help you think in different ways about your organization makes Building the Fit Organization a must read for all leaders."
- Helen Zak, President and COO,
ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value

“Dan is right: This book is not about running, and it is not about Toyota improvement methods. Nonetheless, the book shows how you can become a better runner if you follow a few principles, and how a company can improve by following those same principles. Dan has a remarkable talent in making things simple and proving that companies may already know most of what is needed to improve. No copying of Toyota concepts, no strange terms or ideas – just a little learning, hard work, and good coaching.”
- Norbert Majerus, Lean champion at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and Author of Lean-Driven Innovation

“Dan Markovitz uses the fitness metaphor to provide great practical insights on lean transformation. The book is full of good thinking punctuated by thought provoking examples.”
- Peter Ward, Co-Director, Center for Operational Excellence, 
Fisher College of Business

“Dan does a fantastic job of presenting both the theory and the practical applications critical for moving towards being a fit company.  His approach is direct and easily translated into actionable items for today’s business leader.  As I read the book I found myself constantly making lists of actions that I later shared with my team so we could become a more fit organization.”
- Brian Thompson, General Manager, ExOfficio 

“Dan has done it again with Building the Fit Organization. He has identified the essential shift and plan needed to create a fit organization. He has created the perfect analogy of linking the trifecta of key elements for creating a true Lean Enterprise Transformation (People, Process and Purpose) to a successful physical fitness plan. He identifies the key attributes in Process with the necessary horizontal flow and leader standard work. He defines the need for Servant Leadership and extensive coaching at all levels with the organizations most valuable asset, its People. He then draws the work out plan to cover an organizations Purpose with practical tools and elements for operational excellence and truly achieving the organizations purpose. A must read for all athletes of performance improvement.
- John M. Rubio, Vice President, Simpler NA/Truven Health Analytics

 

About the Author

Dan Markovitz makes companies faster, more flexible, and more productive through the application of lean principles. He is a faculty member at the Lean Enterprise Institute and a lecturer at the Fisher College of Business. He holds a Stanford MBA, and received a Shingo Research Award for his first book, A Factory of One.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (September 21, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1259587177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1259587177
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Denning on September 20, 2015
Format: Hardcover
After years of slogging through management and quality courses and books, I was fortunate to discover Dan Markovitz, a brilliant writer and business engineer/consulant who cuts through the jargon and offers clear compelling quantifiable methods to achieve AND sustain excellent results.

In his new book, Dan absolutely nails it with his "Six Core Principles"- they provide both a solid/saleable business case, to gain the necessary stskeholder buy-in, and just the right amount of tools/templates that scale from individual teams to entire enterprises (and, I believe, across companies) to get excellent results.

After each chapter, I started trying out the techniques and tools. They work exactly as described. So my personal ROI" from this book has been nothing less than astonishing.
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Fit leaders and fit companies mindfully and intentionally pursue a well-defined course of action that makes them stronger, faster, and more agile over the long run; they engage in rigorous, scientific thinking at all levels of the organization to analyse and solve problems, and they eliminate the fear that shackles employee creativity and liberate employees to close the baps between where they are today and where they want to be tomorrow, according to Daniel Markovitz in this book.

The author compares a fit organization to a fit athlete, recommending that you start not by trying to emulate the very best but by doing exercises so that you gradually improve your competitiveness in all relevant dimensions. The six principles are:

• Commit to improvement: have a clearly defined improvement program to reach your organizational goals
• Increase value: monitor, fix and improve your operational processes instead of trying to cut costs
• Think horizontally: instead of thinking in functional silos, view the entire process by which the company adds value from the customer’s perspective
• Standard work: the people who are actually doing the job define their current understanding of the best way to do it
• Visual management: create a visual management system which allows you to see the quality and pace of the work
• The coaching triangle: the elements of a successful coaching relationship are: participate, go and see, and show respect.

I am not fully convinced by all of the author’s ideas – for example, I am not sure that visual management is for everyone – but I do think that most readers will find plenty of helpful content in this book.
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Think of your business like you think of your body. There are no shortcuts, no buzzwords, no gimmicks, no liposuction. Just good habits of diet and exercise, and a perennial hunger to improve. These are the principals Mr. Markovitz lays out in the beginning of this refreshingly ungimmicky and thought-provoking book. He follows through with specific examples of thoughtful business leaders, many from the outdoor industry, who applied the core principal of company fitness, defined as delivering excellent value to the customer, as more effective than loosing weight, analogous to cutting costs, to building successful, fit companies.

He proposes an intriguing idea and backs it up with solid research. I found it useful.
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Building the Fit Organization is a must read for any business leader who wants to achieve sustainable operational excellence. Markovitz presents a very readable book that provides simple and compelling advice on transforming an organization. By comparing a fit organization to athletes, he demystifies why organizations so often fail at process improvement initiatives, and presents useful tips for building operational excellence into the core DNA of a company culture. Not only is this a good weekend read, it also includes a “Monday Morning To-Do List” to give you a jump start back at the office.
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Every individual knows they need to work hard to become fit. But most organizations either don't recognize that, or fail in their execution. Dan Markovitz brilliantly applies Lean principles and shows how companies can't take the 'couch potato' approach of copying Toyota and their methodology. Instead, they need to adapt these principles in smart ways unique to their own situation. When they do so, their organization can thrive. If you want to create a successful corporate culture that burns off the 'excess fat,' this is the book for you.
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Many companies do Lean and start a series of improvement teams, bringing some results and creating a buzz in the company. But then what, how do you keep this going? I especially like 'fit', as it's about investing in strenght, discipline, skil, all elements that bring value. Better than other words around Lean that so much more refer to cutting and eliminating.
Dan understands the key to a successful implementation of Continuous Improvement: Anyone can start a marathon, but the real trick is to train yourself to become a marathon runner.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, it's both smart and practical.
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Lean transformations can and do fail for many reasons: executives outsource implementation to consultants instead of leading change; the transformation focuses on laying off people instead of developing them; companies latch onto tools like kanban or kaizen without understanding the supporting principles.

In his latest book, Building the Fit Organization: Six Core Principles for Making Your Company Stronger, Faster, and More Competitive, author and lean practitioner Dan Markovitz, adds one more: Toyota worship. (Disclosure: I got a review copy of the book from Markovitz, who is a faculty member of the Lean Enterprise Institute, my employer.)

“Indeed, legions of companies around the world make pilgrimages to the head office in Japan to learn Toyota’s secrets,” Markovitz writes in the Introduction. “They purchase books by the score on the “Toyota Way” as it applies to leadership, culture, healthcare, product development, and pretty much any other field you care to name. They deploy phalanxes of Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belts (along with a host of other colored belts) throughout their organizations. Yet they still prove unable to copy Toyota’s way to success.”

Markovitz mentions Toyota, the prototype lean company, just three times, and lean not at all after the introduction. It’s not that he doesn’t admire the auto giant. He does. But he’s convinced that trying to mimic Toyota’s tools or culture is a mistake.

Rather than trying to copy Toyota, leaders must learn from it, “learn how to convert their flabby organizations into ‘fit’ ones. Markovitz distills lean management into six principles, devoting a chapter to each, for getting fit:
1. Making an unshakeable commitment to -
2. Increase value provided by -
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