Ok, so I just bleeped myself while I wrote that title. That was a little weird…sorry about that!
I felt that it was necessary though, because I feel like I’ve disappeared on those of you that were faithfully reading my posts. To be honest, my whole life has been kind of kidnapped since the the day before my birthday at the end of January. I would guess that even my wife and kids feel that way since I leaped head first into the most challenging & rewarding journey of my life.
This post is mostly an update on what’s been going on. Lot’s of corporate culture and lot’s of revolution!
I took a new job. Actually, the day before my birthday (1/28) I jumped into a new full time position that is the culmination of my personal aspirations. I’m now a Lean Manufacturing Agent. I know, it’s not very sexy, but trust me there is more depth to it than you think. Whole new gig – whole new adventure!
What is Lean?
“Lean” as a theory takes it’s history from World War II, Henry Ford, Toyota and more. I’ve actually spent most of the past few months learning, growing, and realizing how much I still have to learn. I won’t even try bore you with the details of it, but let’s just say there is more history in the “lean” concepts than many of us have been alive.
Lean centers on several concepts that are near and dear to my heart though:
- Continuous improvement
- Employee & leader engagement / empowerment
- Personal accountability
How Does That Relate to CCR?
Over the past several months, I’ve been asking myself that question over and over. The answer is always the same in that it 100% correlates into revolutionizing corporate culture!
Don’t get me wrong, my ideas on how to change an organization’s culture from the bottom up have been put to the test for sure. In my current situation the culture change is coming from the top, so that is way different than what I’ve written about and experienced in the past. With that being said, Lean methodologies focus a majority of energy on a bottom up approach.
The thing that I’ve learned is that even if you are setting out to influence the culture at your organization from the middle or even the bottom, without structure & real behavior change, it’s going to be tough.
Many blogs and website out there write about leadership, character, communication, etc. The problem with these words is that they sound great but are not tangible enough to stand on their own. They can often be nebulous and self serving.
Lean focuses on structure and behavior change based on principles that have been time tested. That’s why I’m in!
Will CCR Become Another “Lean” Blog?
Nope. I hope to share some experiences and principles from lean to apply in your own CCR, but I couldn’t write about lean if I wanted to. There are plenty of others doing that. I just hope to transfer some of the knowledge & experiences that I have had and will have to any of you that are interested.
One promise I would like to make before I go…
Removal of waste is one of the cornerstones of the lean methodologies. In the past I may have posted things out of a sense of responsibility to keep the posts coming instead of focusing on impact. Therefore, I promise you that I won’t be posting anything unless I have something to write about that is truly impactful. Even if that means that I may not post as often as the gurus say I should. Oh well!
Question: What do you know about Lean?