the Board, John will not be successful. Without John’s support, I cannot
be successful. Without my support,
you won’t be successful. Without your
support, your staff won’t be successful.
Most importantly, without the staff’s
support, the lean initiative will fail. We
must all be committed to the process
of change to derive maximum benefit
Part of your culture
Your employees are a product of the
culture you establish. If you have
always been the go-to person for solutions to problems, both trivial and
momentous, then you have established
a fixed mindset within your company.
Have you ever noticed where most of
the suggestions, questions, and challenges to the status-quo come from?
They are more likely to come from
new rather than long-term employees.
When their suggestions fall on deaf
ears or are never acted upon, they too
All that will be important to the
staff is that which is important to you.
If something isn’t important to you, it
won’t be important to them either. You
will remain the sole problem-solver in
the organization. As you have probably
discovered when attempting to rally
the staff for some short-term objec-
tive or the latest flavor-of-the-month
scheme that they anticipate will fail for
the lack of your commitment, this type
of fixed mindset that your culture has
created is detrimental.
Fixed or growth mindset
A growth mindset can also be detrimental to a lean initiative. Does that
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