Why are Lean People Seen as Lean People?
For close to 15 years now, I have been doing lean work. My learning has mirrored that of most of the U.S. I started out studying Shingo and implementing tools. Then I learned about the people side. As I worked with Toyota, as a supplier, I started to see it all come together as a system. Now I see the thinking that is the basis of everything we as Lean people talk about.
That is the thing that bothers………lean people or lean thinkers. Why are we just seen as lean people? Why aren’t we seen as good business people? People that can help a business sustain, grow, and become stronger. That is what we do. We just do it in a way that is seen as different from the standards that have been laid out generations before us.
Call it lean. Call it whatever you want. To me it is good business practice. Unfortunately…….or fortunately for my career, a vast majority of people can’t see it the way we “lean people” can.
My goal isn’t to be known as a lean expert, but a business expert. Someone strong in leading, transforming, and growing a business. How about you?