“When we find barriers that prevent us from closing the gap, are we a victim that makes excuses or a leader that solves problems?”
This the closing statement from a talk given by Mark Graban at the 2014 Lean Transformation Summit. He discusses some of the major issues clouding the creation and development of a culture of continuous improvement within organizations.
Mark asks, “When we are facing challenges about creating this culture of continuous improvement, how are we reacting? What are we doing about it.” He discusses a few of the most common problem statements or excuses given to push back against lean initiatives and gives insight on how to overcome these obstacles. Some of the common problems statements or excuses he highlights are:
- Staff don’t have time to do Kaizen
- Managers: “I don’t have time for Kaizen”
- Working on Kaizen hurts our productivity numbers
The talk ends with a general discussion about change. Graban elaborate on how successful change in any setting – small or large – hinges on three 3 things:
- The will to do it
- A methodology for how to close the gap between where we are and where we want to be
- Execution and discipline to actually make it happen
Without the will to create a culture of continuous improvement; the ideas, tools, and methodologies for closing the gap; and the support from upper management to execute the plan, we are developing a workforce of victims and not leaders.
Check out Graban’s talk here: Lean Talks: Are You Making Excuses or Solving Problems?
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized expert in the field of “Lean Healthcare,” as a consultant, author, keynote speaker, and blogger. Mark is also the Vice President of Customer Success for the software company KaiNexus.