Recommended Resources

By Ad Esse Consulting

Last updated 11th January 2022

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The books and resources below are not all specific to Lean or Agile, but tackle the wonderful world of effective and impactful change and transformation. We find inspiration in well written words all the time, below are some of our favourites!

If we’ve missed any of your favourites, please email us and we will add them on!

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Atomic Habits book cover

Atomic Habits

by James Clear

Turn the ship around book cover

Turn the Ship Around!

by L. David Marquet

Talk like TED book cover

Talk like TED

by Carmine Gallo

Be more pirate book cover

Be More Pirate

by Sam Conniff Allende

2 Second lean book cover

2 Second Lean

by Paul Akers

Pig Wrestling book cover

Pig Wrestling

by Pete Lindsay & Mark Bowden

The Goal book cover

The Goal

by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

The obstacle is the way book cover

The Obstacle is the Way

by Ryan Holiday

Learning to see book cover

Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Add Value and Eliminate Muda

by John Shook & Mike Rother

The Lean Toolbox for service systems book cover

The Lean Toolbox for Service Systems

by John Bichenco

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Out of the Crisis

by W. E. Deming

The Toyota Way book

The Toyota Way

by Jeffrey Liker

The Toyota Way Fieldbook book cover

The Toyota Way Fieldbook

by Jeffrey Liker

Toyota production system book cover

Toyota Production System

by Taiichi Ohno

The Machine that changed the world book cover

The Machine that Changed the World

by James Womack, Daniel Jones & Daniel Roos

Lean Thinking book cover

Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Organisation

by James Womack & Daniel Jones

Being Agile in business book cover

Being Agile in Business

by Belinda Waldock

The Infinite Game book cover

The Infinite Game

by Simon Sinek

Sticky Wisdom book cover

Sticky Wisdom

by What If

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Start with Why

by Simon Sinek

The 5am Club book cover

The 5am Club

by Robin Sharma


Ad Esse podcast Not Another Book Review

Not Another Book Review

By Ad Esse Consulting

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The Lean Solutions Podcast

By Patrick Adams

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James Clear

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Simon Sinek


5 Whys

(5 mins)

Lucille Ball

(3 mins) Shows the perils of over-production (particularly good for Lucy-fans!)

Jim Womack

(4.5 mins) Dangers of VSMs without purpose

Video from Philips

(3:29) Shows their implementation of Lean. Short, simple and covers the basic principles of Lean and name checks some big companies who have had success with Lean.

TED Talk from Bill Peterson on the application of Lean

(14 mins) The opening gambit will resonate with organisations looking to go through a Lean transformation.

Get Lean in 90 Seconds

(90 Secs) Get Lean Quick overview of Lean and illustrates some of the key principles we train Lean Champions in and use when undertaking service reviews.

Steve Jobs on Continuous

Short and simple video that hits the nail on the head relating to the culture change Lean delivers.

Dan Pink

Dan Pink on what motivates people and why targets don’t work.

How great Leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek. Any video from Simon Sinek is worth watching.

How to get 1% better every day

James Clear

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