Lean as a Superhero?

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What people often think Lean is — a superhero there to “save them” or to “make them Lean.”

As illustrated below:

 

How people should really view Lean:

The asterisk text reads “warning: requires effort and leadership (not a silver bullet).”

Superman might have been “faster than a speeding bullet,” but Lean is no “silver bullet.” Lean is an amazingly powerful methodology… but only if you're willing to work at it and provide quite a bit of leadership.

(Illustrations copyright Mark Graban, photo purchased from iStockPhoto.com)

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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.

2 Comments
  1. Anonymous says

    I want to nominate this post for a Shingo Prize.

    Best post to use so few words….

  2. […] out that Lean is not for everyone, that it requires time and leadership.  This is consistent with my position that people shouldn’t view Lean as some sort of silver bullet superhero who is here to magically save the […]

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