able to access the decision-making
process or determine whether the lean
initiative is moving the company in the
direction you desire.
7. Leadership commitment. I know
this was Number 1, but lean is cyclical in nature. The steps need to be
revisited and reinforced continually.
Leadership commitment ensures that
the cycle will be continuous.
If you use a daily planner to priori-tize your day, put lean at the top of the
list every day.
If lean is not important to you, as
a leader, it will not be important to
Keeping lean fresh isn’t an easy
task. I encourage you to contact Dustin
Hunter at the information provided
above to discuss the challenges he has
faced over the past five years and the
methods he has employed to keep lean
fresh and moving forward.
Hunter Trim and Cabinets may not
be the most successful lean initiative
in the world, but their revenue has
grown five times since beginning the
lean journey in December 2012. At
the same time, their staff level has
remained virtually unchanged, shop
space has remained the same, invento-
ry has decreased and the daily chore of
working in a cabinet shop has become
easier, better, faster, and the output
cheaper to produce. It is an amazing
Thank you for your support and
encouragement throughout my tenure
with the Woodworking Network. It has
been my pleasure to serve you.
Please feel free to contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 295-8077. I may
be retired, but I am not dead.
Check out Amazon.com for all
of my books on lean and enjoy the
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If lean is not important to you, as a leader,
it will not be important to anyone else.