Lean Lessons from History: Pursuit of Perfection

Few would argue that lean is about an journey to the ideal state, towards perfection. It’s a continuous, never ending journey. This is quite dated, but since it was before the blog, I’ve never written about it. I wrote a short piece about a quote from legendary football coach Vince Lombardi.

Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.

What does this quote mean to you? Here’s what it means to me: link.

We’ve shared quotes before and how they link to lean under the title Lean Lessons from History.

Please check out my main blog page at www.leanblog.org

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Jamie Flinchbaugh is a lean advisor, speaker, and author. In addition to co-founding the Lean Learning Center, he has helped build nearly 20 companies as either a co-founder, board member, advisor, or angel investor. These companies range from high-performance motorcycles to SaaS tools for continuous improvement. He has advised over 300 companies around the world in lean transformation, including Intel, Harley-Davidson, Crayola, BMW, and Amazon. Jamie co-authored the popular book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean, and continues to share his experiences as a Contributing Editor forIndustryWeek and as a blogger at JamieFlinchbaugh.com. He holds degrees from Lehigh University, University of Michigan, and MIT, and continues to teach and mentor on campus. Jamie is best known for helping to transform how we think about lean from a tools-centric model to one based on principles and behaviors. His passion for lean transformation comes from seeking to unlock the great potential that people possess to build inspiring organizations.

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