Do you tolerate the waste?

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MRO Today:

I really like the way this is put in the column:

– Do you rationalize away the reasons for waste in your practices?

– Do you eliminate waste at a leisurely or convenient pace (improve when you have time)?

– Or, are you passionately intolerant and indignant that wasteful processes handcuff your organizations' untapped human potential.”

At my company — the answers to questions 1 & 2 are mostly “yes”. That's a long-standing culture. I would, personally, answer “yes” to question 3, which often causes conflict between me and the part of the organization that tolerates and just lives with waste. Is this “passionate intolerance” and “indignancy” toward waste just born into some of us, or can it be taught/learned? Click “comments” if you'd like to chime in.

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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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