The book, PEOPLE: A leader’s day-to-day guide to building, managing and sustaining lean organizations, which was co-authored by founX® managing partner, Steve Gran, has won the prestigious Shingo Prize.

The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence is named after Japanese industrial engineer, Shigeo Shingo. Dr. Shingo distinguished himself as one of the world’s thought leaders in concepts, management systems and improvement techniques that have become known as the Toyota Business System. Drawing from Dr. Shingo’s teachings, The Shingo Prize helps companies and organizations increase their efficiency and effectiveness by developing cultures that continuously strive for improvement. It also awards and recognizes organizations that demonstrate exceptional results from applying its philosophy and recognizes authors who have contributed important insights and applications of the principles it teaches. Those interested in more information about The Shingo Prize may visit

“People: A leader’s day-to-day guide to building, managing, and sustaining lean organizations” asserts that the building of a lean culture, or a culture that strives to continuously improve its processes in order to create more value to the customer, must be centered around people and leadership. The authors outline the high-level concepts, activities, principles and practices that they claim leaders must know intimately in order to successfully execute a lean transformation.

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