Monday Morning Message on Lean – June 7, 2010

June 7, 2010

I picked this quote because of a commercial I’ve seen; you may have seen it too. It’s the one where the spokesman (for an insurance company) says “Will this be remembered as the great recession or the recession that made us great?”

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. – Albert Einstein

We all are striving to make it through these turbulent economic times. Some of us are starting to see the recovery, others are tentative, and still others are waiting for a sign that there is a recovery. Which ever your situation, you have to ask “What did we learn from this and how can it make us better?”

When things are going swimmingly, it can be hard to think of improvement. You might have heard people saying things like “We’re making money, so we must be doing something right.” But as we all learned, we have to learn to adapt and change to our environment in order to survive. But, do we just want to survive? Don’t we want to thrive? Any company that has been able to use continuous improvement during these hard times should be commended. I know that it is easy to give up on Kaizen when things are tough, but that in fact, is when we need it the most.

So as we start to pull out of these difficulties, did we identify and implement any opportunities? Send me your success stories and maybe we can share them with others.

Thanks – Tony

Keep up the good work!

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