New Year 2009
I answered without thinking, “Because it can make people’s lives better.” His challenging demeanor vanished; his eyes sparkled with curiosity and even -- forgive if this sounds like hyperbole -- hope.
It is indeed my hope that lean will make all of our lives better, something that, we desperately need wherever we are in the world after a tumultuous 2008. Here’s to a prosperous and happy -- a better -- 2009.
My lean year’s resolution: “Muda wa Muda o yobu.”
You know what Muda means. “Yobu” is a verb meaning “to call” so “Muda wa Muda o yobu means something like “you have to call Muda, Muda”. Or, when you see Muda, you must call it out -- the first step toward making things better.
See you next week. John ShookSenior Advisor, Lean Enterprise Institute
- Managing to Connect the Macro with the Micro
- Lean Leadership Lesson: First Thing, Grasp the Situation; Last Thing, Grasp the Situation (Appendix 1 to the eletter “Lead from the Front, Lead from Behind”)
- Policy Deployment: aka Strategy Alignment, aka Hoshin Kanri (Appendix 2 to the Eletter “Lead from the Front, Lead from Behind”)