The Power of 1
Last week I was visiting a very large operation in Costa Rica. As the strategy was being discussed, I noticed that we were going to review 5S efforts later in my visit. I started questioning this line of thought, because they had so many things going on in their organization and it was so large, I thought an effort to do 5S right would require too much bandwidth and attention that they didn’t have.
That is until I met the leader of the effort.
He had given 5S (called something different in Spanish) life. He made it happen. Without being asked. Without incentive. Even without permission. He knew it had to be done and so he did it.
He taught people, as best he knew how, but with passion. He got people engaged, and (my words, not his) started cloning himself in different departments and shifts. He found out what systems and processes got in the way, and he fixed them. And if he needed help, he went straight to the plant manager with enough conviction that he never got a “no” answer. 5S was starting to take shape in this organization. All because he decided to do it.
It demonstrates that even a small pebble in a lake can make waves. And one man’s actions can help move the world.