from each other. Great places to meet
these people are at trade show education seminars and lean tours (more on
6. Get out of your shop and see other lean companies in action. People
are applying Lean Thinking all across
our industry. Pick their brains. Paul
Akers runs frequent tours to Japan and
The Center for Lean Learning (
Quantum Lean) also offers North American
lean tours for people who would like
7. Educate yourself on the eight
deadly wastes and the improvement
trident (safety, quality, simplicity).
8. Learn to see waste everywhere in
everything you do.
9. Watch lean and continuous im-
provement You Tube videos.
10. Learn how to motivate people.
This can be as simple as finding someone who motivates you, and do what
they do. Getting your hands dirty is a
sure fire way to get people engaged.
Work hand in hand with them on their
I have a friend and fellow lean
maniac named Filipe Marques from
Portugal. He says, “If you can’t lead
yourself, forget about it. There is no
way you can lead anyone else.”
Feel the pain of trying to find and
make an improvement every day. See
how hard it is to remember the before
and after videos, experience the value
of seeing other factories, realize that
you do have 30 minutes a day for learn-
ing and another 30 for your health.
Start to see waste in the world around
you. Do this consistently and you will
not only be practicing how to lead, feeling the benefits of continuous improvement, and the trials and tribulations of
making it all happen, but also you will
be engaged in the most important activity of all - learning how to teach it. Have
you ever met a great leader who was a
bad teacher? Neither have I. There is
nothing easy about this. There is nothing fast about this.
And when you take action on this
article, you will be taking the first step
in “The Lean Crawl.” ✚
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