Lean Consultant Tips

This Transforms Your 5S

You already know that 5S is NOT a clean-up program – it’s actually a change event like any of the rapid improvement events, designed to produce Lean thinkers once team members have participated. 5S is actually a behavior modification program when done correctly, and toward that end, here’s a tip for you to insure you get the most out of it.

During step two – the straightening/setup, tell the team to rearrange things so that anyone doing work at a station, DOES NOT HAVE TO MOVE THEIR FEET.

While this sounds simplistic, it’s one of the “highly leveraged actions” you can exercise as a Lean expert implementer to gain maximum traction.

Think about it. Regardless of whether or not they can actually set up the work to do it without moving their feet, you will have installed pure Lean thinking directly into their psyche. The mere act of trying to get set up is enough to produce a Lean thinker right on the spot. No need to discuss the 8 wastes. No need to delve into any of the details as to why Lean is better than any other management technology or technique out there. It’s a logical thing to do, and it works. Best of all, you’ve pierced their brain so deeply, they will think about ALL of their future work with this single goal in mind.

Yeah, it’s that powerful. There’s another secret to 5S too, that guarantees your teams will sustain the 5S work they do during the initial exercise, much more easily and enthusiastically than what you may have experienced in the past. So stay tuned for the next post to get that one. (Click Here to Read Part 2)

At the Lean Expert Academy, we specialize in elegant Lean implementations that are highly effective, and best of all, are extremely easy because we focus on minimal learnable actions. We’re introducing a monthly newsletter jam-packed with tips just like this, that will go up for sale shortly. Look for that to be on our site, the LeanExpertAcademy.com later this week.

(Read Part 2 Here)

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About Jim

I am the founder of the Lean Expert Academy, 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.

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