Summary of 2 Second Lean

How to Grow People and Build a Fun Lean Culture at Work & at Home

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2 Second Lean book summary
Entrepreneur and business writer Paul A. Akers shows how to transform your company’s culture using “2 Second Lean.”


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Entrepreneur and business writer Paul A. Akers narrates from his hands-on experience as he transforms his business into a “2 Second Lean” (his trademarked term) culture. His short manual bursts with enthusiasm and uses real-life pictures that show the before and after stages of his company’s Lean changes. Akers draws heavily from his leadership experience at FastCap LLC. He avoids manufacturing jargon and complex theory in this chatty, personal, humorous account. getAbstract recommends most of his suggestions to start-ups, business owners, shop floor staff and anyone seeking to optimize their business processes.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How a “Lean culture” can transform your business,
  • What methods you can use to recognize and eliminate “waste” in every process, and
  • What strategies will help you implement “two-second improvements” at work and home.


“Lean Thinking”
Imagine that you own a small business that produces innovative woodworking products. You are an expert in the field, and your bank gives you a big loan to expand your thriving business. You impress everyone with your success, but when you hire a consultant to optimize your...
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About the Author

Founder and owner of FastCap LLC, Paul A. Akers is an Extreme Lean enthusiast and hosts the radio show, “The American Innovator.”

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