Lean is not "Mean"
Here’s another journalistically-lazy reference to “lean and mean,” this time in an announcement for an Intro to Lean seminar in Florida. Ugh. Lean is not “mean.” Lean calls for respect for employees and not laying them off as a result of lean improvements. It’s too bad that the words rhyme. It’s also too bad that too many companies misunderstand lean and use it to slash jobs. Oh well.