Securing the Elusive Lean Buy-In
My latest column for IndustryWeek, Lessons from the Road, titled Securing the Elusive Lean Buy-In has been posted. Here is an excerpt:
You have passion about making lean work in your organization. You have ideas, and you are ready to realize them. You have experience and are willing to share it. You have a plan and are ready to execute. You’re just missing one element: buy-in.
Despite widespread support for lean, I am frequently engaged to overcome a lack of buy-in at organizations. In the lean journey for DTE Energy, for example, buy-in was a major challenge. It was the first utility to begin lean, and it was a highly regulated industry, not known for fast-moving change.
You can read the entire post here.
Here are my previous Lessons from the Road columns:
Building Manager Standard Work
Standardization can help you free up time and use it more proactively.
Going to the Gemba
Far from a stroll on the plant floor, a gemba represents a purposeful attempt to learn what is really going on.
How to Train Without Training
When training dollars are scarce, there are still good ways to develop your workforce. Try these three strategies.
Lessons From the Road: Sustaining Your 5S Efforts
5S too often is short-lived, but these six steps can help keep it running smoothly.
Lessons From the Road: Surfacing Problems Daily
Advice for building a problem-solving culture.