Another month has rolled by whch means Assembly Magazine has released another excellent issue of their magazine, of which I am very pleased to contribute. This month, in my Leading Lean column, I tackle the issue of “convincing” those around you, which is also a topic of an upcoming podcast discussion with Mark Graban here on LeanBlog.org. We want to expand the club of those who “get” lean. Unfortunately, wheh it looks too much like a club from the outside, with high barriers to entry, it’s own language and something just short of a secret handshake, it makes it very hard for others to want to join. We have to make it easier, which means understanding the perspective of those we’re trying to convince, lowering the barriers to entry and at the end of the day, giving up some of the control that comes with having a small “club.” Read more on the subject in Leading Lean: One Heart at a Time and stay tuned for an upcoming podcast that begins to address this important topic. I already know that Mark has worthwhile comments on the subject, and perhaps he could share some of them here. We’ve also found this topic so important that we have giving it serious attention in our new course, Leading Lean, which debuts publically next March.
For now, signing off [insert secret handshake here] – Jamie Flinchbaugh
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