Lean Consultant Tips
A Final 5S (And Beyond) Hack
The first two 5S hacks instilled both permanent Lean thinking and visual management into your clients. There’s another excellent hack you can use to get them to metaphorically comb inventory waste out of the work area. Here it is.
Tell your team to treat the work area like “Ocean Front Property.” That is, treat the work area like every centimeter costs a fortune. When this mindset change happens, every member of the team will actively view the workspace with new eyes and, most importantly, they’ll remember it.
And it works – especially because it’s a metaphor. You touch the subconscious with metaphors, and the act of associating valuable real estate with the workplace lands quickly and deeply. And again, even though this one may also sound simplistic, it’s one of the “highly leveraged actions” you can exercise as a Lean implementer to gain maximum traction. When it comes to change work, every little bit helps you. One single person running around openly cheering about results and how they got them, can trigger the watershed moment for the whole organization. Which of course makes your job much easier, and that’s powerful.
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I am the founder of the Lean Expert Academy, previous partner in the Lean Leadership Institute with Jeff Liker (The Toyota Way) and Norm Bodek (Productivity Press Founder), and author of the soon to be released book, Lean 2.0: How to Dominate Your Industry Using Lea(R)n Thinking. I am also the CEO of a Lean consulting company where I train Lean consultants to implement the exact methodology and techniques that you will learn here.
I’ve been called “The Wolf” . . . because for many years, every time something went wrong at a client’s implementation, I got the call and not only fixed it, but got even more consulting work out of “the crisis.”
I’m on a quest to “bend the universe.” I believe it’s not okay for us to sit back and just let the Lean movement limp along, as it has over the past 30 years. It’s time for all of us to turn up the heat and turbocharge our efforts by making change happen better, so that everything that has the name management attached to it, is done with Lean thinking and Lean management.
And I know for a fact, after years of being deep in the trenches of making change happen (as opposed to the role of many “observer-reporters” who write about Lean) that implementing Lean is not that hard to do. It’s actually quite easy and my course shows you exactly how to achieve that outcome. If you doubt me, you owe it to yourself to check out my course.
My goal and mission is to produce as many excellent Lean thinking implementers as possible – to arm you with the ability to recreate what I and my team of consultants have been doing consistently for the past six years.