Happy Labor Day


Monday is Labor Day, a holiday in the United States. Since one of the main pillars of the Toyota Production System is “respect for people,” let's revisit previous Lean Blog posts that focus on that concept (click on the “Respect for People” tag at the bottom of the post).

I learned, very early in my career, that a company's problems aren't likely the result of “lazy” employees who “don't care” about the business at hand. Leadership has a responsibility to have the right management system in place.

Henry Ford once said something to the effect of, “Workers will work under any system.” Instead of blaming workers for our problems, let's put the right type of Lean leadership in place and let's turn “workers” into “thinkers” of the “Thinking Production System.”‘

Happy Labor Day, everyone.

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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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