LEAN: Less Employees Are Needed?

I was with a client who insisted on using their lean implementation to reduce headcount. Obviously not a good association to have with the rollout of lean, and one day a person wrote on their team visual display board, underneath a large lettered LEAN tag, Less Employees Are Needed.

A fellow lean consultant stood nearby and said to the employee “You Think?” I thought that was pretty harsh. Unfortunately I did not have the quickness of mind to state right away what I could have – that in fact “Lotsa Thinking Employees Are Needed,” but the incident stuck with me. I finally realized that LEAN is a much more apt acronym (at least than what it was originally named for), and that it really stands for Learning Employees Are Needed.

As you begin and continue to use systems management to manage your organization, be cognizant of the associations you produce along the way. There is absolutely no need to ever associate Lean with anything bad – just the opposite in fact. It’s a win-win-win all the way around.

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About Jim

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.

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