The 'Stickiness' of LEAN

  "Kaisen in all gembas"! How about "continuous improvement in all workplaces"? Which of those is more likely to catch your eye in your weekly office newsletter? Few would disagree with th...   [more >]

A Rose by Any Other Name

       Amid the usual stream of oral, visual and written verbiage and exhortation there are words, phrases and concepts that ‘stick out' and attract attention. "Sticky" words, phrases an...   [more >]

Lean into Change #9: it doesn’t depend on you alone

Take care of yourself through the change implementation stages. If you think that a change or innovation really does depend on you for success, then it is either the wrong change for the environmen...   [more >]

Lean into Change #8: keep a dashboard of progress

Find some transparent method to keep track and share the details of your planned innovation or change. One method is to collaboratively develop a written charter that records who has committed to do ...   [more >]

Lean into Change #7: broaden the change involvement

Once a particular change or suite of changes (they rarely are singular) is identified, go back to your analysis of who is affected. That whole community needs to be invited to participate and contrib...   [more >]

Lean into Change #6: lead the change

Inertia is powerful; organization inertia is deadweight. Have another look at all those excuses and self-lies enumerated #3 in this series. Are you saying any of those? Even to yourself? Someone has...   [more >]

Lean into Change #5: broaden your understanding

  Make an effort to understand all the pressures and expectations in your workplace. What does your boss want? The boss's boss? And so on all the way up to those empowered to speak for what...   [more >]

Lean into Change #4: start with where you are

Bring some extra consciousness to work for the next couple of weeks. Notice gaps, glitches, slowdowns, overlaps, dead-ends and straight out time wasters in your workflow. Why are these happening? Wha...   [more >]

Lean into Change #3: self lies are the worst

"Change is for someone else, somewhere else". "Change is not my job". "I don't get paid to make changes". "I don't have time for this". "What we do works just fine". "The bosses will never sup...   [more >]

Lean into Change #2: it is not a zero-sum game

If you see change as a zero-sum game, then everyone loses; you in particular. With that perspective you have willingly put blinkers on your mind and creativity. Some leading professions such as medi...   [more >]

Lean into Change

Faced with change pressures many choose to lean back into active or passive resistance. Active resistance is seen in unions grieving job content adjustments and professionals opposing quality metrics...   [more >]

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