In his book How to do a Gemba Walk, Michael Bremer completely sums up what Gemba Walks are and what impact they can have on a company when performed correctly. Short and very clear, this book should be read by anyone who is trying to strengthen the relationship between leaders and managers and the folks working out on the production line.

Being a huge history buff, I was really looking forward to reading Anatomy of a Lean Leader as Illustrated by 10 Modern CEOs and Abraham Lincoln by Jerry Bussell and Emily Adams. After seeing multiple copies floating around the offices of the last company I was contracted to work with I looked forward to sending acopy to my dad knowing how much of a history buff he is, especially when it comes to Lincoln. It should be said right off the bat, this book is long on CEOs and short on Lincoln, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

In their book Value Stream Mapping: How to Visualize Work and Align Leadership for Organizational Transformation, Karen Martin and Mike Osterling concisely outline how companies can track their product through the production process and identify areas that hinder flow or are bogged with waste or insufficient quality.