Monday Morning Message on Lean – June 28, 2010

June 28, 2010

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects the wind to change; the leader adjusts the sails.” – John Maxwell

I like this saying so much I have a copy of it next to our vision and mission statements. In these uncertain times it is easy to just complain about everything wrong that’s going on around you. It’s simple to point the finger of blame at the economy, customers, suppliers or someone else. That, of course is not going to help.

We also can’t just sit around hoping things are going to get easier. What have you done lately to help improve your organization? Have you adopted the kaizen philosophy trying to make things a little better each day? You can’t just sit in the sailboat wishing the wind would pick up.

I like to be an optimist, but I realize in business it is better for me to be adjusting the sails. Have you adjusted your strategic plan (or Hoshin plan)? What other opportunities are you looking for? Can you think of ways to provide more value for your customers? When the wind picks up, it will probably pick up for everyone. Are you positioned to lead the race when it does?

Try to do something this week that will eliminate or at least reduce some waste in your work area. Keep adjusting the sails (kaizen) and see what happens.

Let me know what you think. – Tony

P.S. Check out my dialogue with Capt Karl on The Lean Nation radio show Wednesday, June 23, 2010 on Value Stream Mapping and more.

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