Are you “lean”?
We talk about creating a “lean” company all the time. But, to accomplish that mission, every single person needs to embrace the mission.
I’m writing this as a bit of a confession because I realize that I don’t always walk the talk.
For instance, my office isn’t as 6Sed as it should be. If I scan my work area, there’s significant sorting and straightening that should take place.
That being said, I’ve become a more consistent observer of the processes I encounter every day.
I spend more time exploring reasons why those processes aren’t better.
I am more inclined to take actions that attempt to correct them.
I am more likely to make observations to others about things that don’t appear lean and to offer suggestions on how they might be leaner.
I find the commitment to be leaner causes me to be better engaged. I think it’s the same for others I see doing the same thing.
Lean is not a program. It doesn’t end. If we do lean correctly it becomes a way of life.
Please take a moment and consider your last few weeks. Ask yourself, what changes would I point to in my work life that would support that I’m engaged in working lean?
If you are searching for an answer, there’s a whole world waiting out there to dig in to. We’ve made progress but there’s more we can do.
PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace
Since 2005, he has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ.