Monday, May 8, 2017

Does Lean Not Work?

So I did this quick Google search "lean does not work" - 3.9 million results. It seems it is not working. Or at least people are talking about that.

When you dig deep, there are really only a few companies that can be considered lean. Many that embark on a lean journey seem to dabble with the tools, when it is convenient. The effort fades with time.

What most fail to recognize is that lean is a philosophy, not just a bunch of tools. And most leaders either do not understand its value or do not have the patience and discipline to implement it.

Slow, steady continuous improvement does not lead to immediate recognition, quick promotions or soaring share prices. It's no silver bullet solution. Successful implementation requires something that is very rare in both people and organizations: constancy of purpose.

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