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
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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