Solving problems is simple, but not easy – know the difference.
We are what we repeatedly do. Therefore excellence is not an act but a habit.Aristoteles or Will Durant or Will A. Foster – many are attributed
The business philosophy of Lean and its consequent implementations in the last 70-80 years have learned us that you don’t rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems. (James Clear in Atomic Habits). And that’s why I’ve come to believe that success in anything, also in business, can be the outcome of a process of common sense, but then rigorously applied.
People are visual animals, hence the beauty of Visual Management as started out in the Toyota factories many decades ago. If your KPI is green, you’re good. If it is red, you’re not (yet) where you want to be. Red means there’s a problem to be solved. It can be small it can be huge, but something needs to be done. This is where true Lean Leaders step in. Define the problem, find the root cause, implement countermeasures and ensure sustainment. It’s simple… but not always easy.