I'm not sure if the survey is available online, but I'm sure many of you just received the annual email survey from the Lean Enterprise Institute.
Last year, we gave some constructive criticism and feedback to our friends at the LEI that the survey was:
- Somewhat blame-ridden (“who” is not buying into Lean?)
- Lacking “upper management” as a category (if we're going to point fingers — which we shouldn't — we should include them)
Again, the question posed is:
What are the biggest obstacles to lean implementation at your facility?”
In the spirit of kaizen, the folks at the LEI have changed their survey to include lack of upper management support as an obstacle to Lean. In many organizations, factories, or hospitals, Lean efforts are initiated at middle management levels. If upper management does not support the Lean vision and approach, that can lead to the degradation of Lean efforts.
I guess this change the survey at least creates “equal opportunity” for the blaming. I still think we shouldn't blame. We should ask why people (at any level) don't “buy in” to Lean…. what are they afraid of? What do they stand to lose? What don't they understand about Lean?
If we expect people, at any level, to “buy in” to Lean, then our responsibility is to SELL Lean ideas. Be a leader, sell others on why change is necessary and why Lean is an approach that will work.
What are your obstacles to Lean implementation? Can you do a “5 Whys” analysis of the obstacle?
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