from FastCap (Akers’ company) where
they put plants under the hand dryers
in their bathroom because they were
tired of cleaning up the water drops
off the floor. (I know - right?).
When I said, “There is nothing you
haven’t thought of,” he replied, “No, I
just fix what bugs me, and I let a lot of
things bug me.” (Check out the video
at https://youtu.be/b YOl4kLrxbM)
The trick is, do exactly what you
want to see your people do. That’s it,
the rest will take care of itself. If at
this point you are in the mindset that
you can delegate lean, I cannot say it’s
not possible, but I have never seen or
heard of that working.
Ten steps to lean
Let’s look at how you can use this opportunity for leadership development.
Since you and your management team
will likely be new at applying lean
thinking, I recommend you stick to the
Take ownership of the list below so
it becomes your own. The points listed
have delivered amazing results for
other companies beginning their lean
1. Make time to learn. Listen to
audiobooks or read at least 30 min per
day. Jim Lewis has a great collection of
lean books ( https://www.smashwords.
com/profile/view/usti3846) and when
you get through Jim’s collection please
reach out; I have an endless supply of
recommendations. All of which will be
2. Make time to improve your
processes each day. Don’t stop until
you free up at least one hour a day for
continuous improvement. We will be
discussing what to do in that hour in
3. Make time for your body. You
don’t have to be a gymnast or body
builder, but a deliberate effort should
be made for 30 minutes of physical
activity and improve your diet.
4. Make your own improvement
videos. Share them with your leadership team.
5. Find a mentor, lean sensei, coach
or community. These are people you
can call on to share ideas and learn
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