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True continuous improvement occurs all the time, every day, by everybody. Too often, businesses perform only continual improvement activities, those activities that might help improve the quality system and operations, but only periodically. Examples of continual improvement activities might include responding to a customer complaint, and internal audit finding, a Six Sigma Project, or a monthly kaizen event. GENERAL STATEMENT
ATTITUDE AND MINDSET What is Lean Enterprise? It is a philosophy designed to bring about rapid , planned , controlled and measured step-change improvements to the performance of an organization through an overhaul of the value stream. It utilizes a comprehensive set of elements, rules and tools that focus on value , the elimination of waste and continuous incremental improvement . The Most Important Thing to Remember is that Lean is a Thinking Process
Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up; it knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up; it knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle: When the sun comes up, you had better be running. (Be the hunter, not the hunted!) SURVIVAL
Openness “ Success is about driving fear out of the organization…it is about causing everyone’s opinion to be valued, and removing the threat from minority views.” Deming
Involvement / Empowerment “ Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand.” Empowerment is not about getting employees to do what you want done, it is about getting out of the way so they can do what is needed.
No Blame “ The way to ensure mediocrity is to put people at risk, wait for something to go wrong and then look for someone to blame.” Failure only occurs when you don’t learn anything from the attempt .
Constant Improvements Everyone has two jobs: doing the job and improving the job. This may be common sense but it is an uncommon practice. Remember: “the past does not equal the future unless you happen to live there.”