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VIBCO featured in new book, Anatomy of a Lean Leader by Jerry Bussell

by Linda Kleineberg | Nov 07, 2012

Jerry Bussell, renowned Lean and Operational Excellence thought leader and member of the Shingo Academy, features Karl Wadensten, President of VIBCO Vibrators in his first book, Anatomy of a Lean Leader as illustrated by 10 Modern CEOs and Abraham Lincoln



Book Cover Anatomy of a Lean Leader

Wyoming, RI November 6, 2012 – In Anatomy of a Lean Leader as illustrated by 10 ModernCEOs and Abraham Lincoln, renowned Operational Excellence expert Jerry Bussell identifies the ten essential characteristics of a lean leader and illustrates those traits with stories from modern CEO’s and one of this country’s greatest leaders, Abraham Lincoln. The book is edited by the founder of the Lean Enterprise Institute, James P. Womack.

In Anatomy of a Lean Leader, Bussell includes Karl Wadensten, President of VIBCO Vibrators, to illustrate how great leaders understand and use their influence to guide people toward finding the right answers on their own.  Bussell describes Wadensten’s evolution from command-and-control to servant leader. The book is available for purchase from

“I’m a fanatic and a zealot for lean, and for the people that work for me,” Karl said. “They do the impossible every day. It is not always pretty. It isn’t a bunch of roses. But they are amazing and they know that I will break down barriers to make it happen for them. They come up with ideas; I help them make it happen. We feed each other. I just want to keep it going.” 

VIBCO Vibrators lean manufacturing success story has been featured in numerous books including Design for Operational Excellence: A Breakthrough Strategy for Business Growth by Kevin Duggan, 2 Second Lean by Paul Akers, Work That Makes Sense by Dr. Gwendolyn D. Galsworth, and in an upcoming book from Toby Lavigne. VIBCO has also been featured in training videos from GBMP (Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership), and IDEATE NOW, as well as in numerous other news and information outlets including the Providence Business News, New England Business Journal, Target Magazine,, and the Lean Enterprise Institute.  VIBCO will also be featured in an upcoming multi-media business case from Harvard Business Publishing. 

About The Book


ANATOMY OF A LEAN LEADER as illustrated by 10 Modern CEOs and Abraham Lincoln


Jerry Bussell with Emily Adams, published by UL LLC.
James P. Womack




October 2012


About VIBCO Vibrators
VIBCO is a designer and manufacturer of a comprehensive range of electric, pneumatic and hydraulic vibrators and vibratory equipment for construction and industrial use including vibrating tables, plate compactors, and vibratory rollers. 

The company has been manufacturing vibrators and vibratory equipment for almost 50 years.  VIBCO is committed to manufacturing a complete line of Made in the USA vibrators and providing genuine value to customers via same day, next day shipping, quality, throughput, innovation and 100% employee engagement.  VIBCO Vibrators is headquartered in Wyoming, RI, USA.

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Linda Kleineberg