How You Treat People…

CEOs say how you treat a waiter can predict a lot about character

I bet there is a corollary, I’ll propose it:

“Blogger says how CEO’s treat hourly assembly personnel can predict a lot about lean success.”

I agree with the crux of the article…. character is defined by how you treat those at the “bottom of the ladder”, if you will.

Remember to be respectful to all you work with. I’m always reminded of the comments of Gary Convis, from Toyota, who seems to express a genuine respect for all of their employees.

Companies where leaders (CEO’s, plant managers, supervisors) respect all employees are going to do better with lean than those companies where assembly associates are considered heads, warm bodies, dummies, or worse by “leadership.”

Great quote here from the CEO of Sara Lee:

“Sitting in the chair of CEO makes me no better of a person than the forklift operator in our plant,” she says. “If you treat the waiter, or a subordinate, like garbage, guess what? Are they going to give it their all? I don’t think so.”

Amen to that.


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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an eBook titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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