Challenge: Overcoming Lean Resistance


It's time to announce another Lean Blog Challenge. Bob Emiliani has volunteered a signed copy of his book, “Better Thinking, Better Results,” a case study of the Wiremold lean journey. The winner of this challenge will receive the book and I will throw in a new MP3 player, preloaded with all episodes of the LeanBlog Podcast.

The challenge question, as posed by Bob:

“How did you overcome your VP's or President's resistance to Lean?”

The winning entry will be one that is well written and has lessons that can be transferred to others in the lean world. To enter, send an email to me via the link in the left-hand column of the blog. This is a pretty free-form question, so answer it however you like, just please address that question. Please do not share your company name or any specific details that you would not want to be on the Blog. I can keep your last name confidential as well.

Deadline for entries is next Friday, January 26, 2007 at 5 PM EST.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

1 Comment
  1. Anonymous says

    Be the VP and drive it yourself.

    Worked for me.

    Still had lots of resistance from the people. Takes time to get everyone into the mindset. Once it does, you start seeing little things pop up here and there, then you need to encourage, praise, reinforce, and use as examples. It’s a coaching role more than anything.

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