I hate Best.
There, I said it.
I’ll scream it: “I HATE BEST!”
We are all so focused on being the Best that we lose focus on getting Better. I will take Better over Best every time.
Best Practice, Best This, Best That…
Best is temporary, Better is constant. Think about it: Best by its very definition implies that it is final. Better is not, Better is a constant movement. Sure, there are times that Better is movement backwards but it is still the push to move forward.
We can’t be the Best at everything, but we can all be Better at everything. We can always improve - there doesn’t have to be an end to Better.
Does this apply to what you are doing? Do you have a plan to be the Best? Better? Do you have a plan at all?
As I travel around and meet people in this great community, I see people in all sorts of stages of lean: people just starting, people far into their journey, and of course the “experts.” I worry when they tell me how their processes are the best. Hubris is an improvement killer.
With the New Year right around the corner, let’s try and make a resolution we will keep. We will make things Better. Improve the work, create problem solvers, but most importantly, make things Better.
I hope you find this to be one of my Better posts, I certainly hope it’s not my Best.
Need some inspiration for this? Check out John Shook’s e-letter, Work.
Josh will be the co-host for the 2016 Lean Transformation Summit in Las Vegas. Learn more about the event at: https://www.lean.org/Events/2016_lean_transformation_summit.cfm