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Lean TV & Movies: Who's the Leanest of Them All?

by Joshua Rapoza
September 17, 2013

Lean TV & Movies: Who's the Leanest of Them All?

by Joshua Rapoza
September 17, 2013 | Comments (5)

Waste is everywhere, and thankfully Lean is there to help eliminate it. Kind of sounds like a movie plot, with Lean being the champion fighting the evils of waste. Or rather the mindset of those champions who fight the evils of waste.

While we were planning out more great material for The Lean Post, we started talking about how we see elements of lean thinking in some of the characters in television and film. We all talked about some of our favorite characters and how they go about their journeys.

A lot has to do with the writing and character development, of course, but really isn’t that what lean journeys are all about? Developing our character(istics) and being willing to go on a journey? Taking it a step further, aren’t you building your company’s character by developing its culture? Developing your own and your team members’ character by practicing lean thinking?

Enough about lean philosophy, let's get to the fun.

We want to identify the most lean tv/movie characters of ALL TIME, and we need your help. Tell us the name of the character you’d like to nominate and something about why you are nominating them. You can nominate more than one, but think carefully about this. There are more lean characters out there than you may think.

Just fill in the form below to make your nominations.

Once we have enough nominees we will have a tournament where each week we’ll pit one character against the other. The winner of each week’s head to head will be determined by your votes. The winner will advance in the tournament and by the end, hopefully we'll all learn something. Or at least see things a little bit differently.

Let the games begin! Tell everyone about this! Tweet#leanscreen

(The copyright for the images used as part of the series are held by the image right holders. LEI makes no copyright claim on these images.)

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Phil Lewis September 18, 2013
The Shark in Jaws - eats, sleeps and makes little shark

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David Bowman September 18, 2013
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Just watch the beginning of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to see Lean in action

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Eric James September 18, 2013
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Oh, to see the beauty of Lean one can simply follow the teachings of Kung Fu's,  Kwai Chang Caine.  Masterfuly efficient and effective at meeting the needs of the customer JIT each episode. 

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Troy Nelson September 24, 2013
Over the course of four seasons of "The Walking Dead," Daryl Dixon has consistently shown us his expert crossbow and bad-ass zombie killing skills. He never wastes an arrow, either, often retrieving them from the skulls of his flesh-eating kills. Daryl no doubt has the highest zombie kill count among his group of fellow survivors as well. He's truly the embodiment of "doing more with less.

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Lizzie Johnson October 14, 2013
How about "the croods"?  I know, its a cartoon...but, I found the Dad's take on suvival all too familiar.  He instilled fear and tradition into a way of life for his family.  Change and new ideas where not tolerated, until, they realized their lives depended on it.  Puts a whole new meaning to "cave" men.  (citizens against virtually everything)  Any change agent should be able to relate to that

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