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Friday, April 16, 2010

Lean Quote of the Day, April 16, 2010

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

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"Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them."  —Paul Hawken, Natural Capitalism

This quote reminds me of a recent post on what it takes to be a lean manager. The challenge of Lean managers is to lead as if they have no power. In other words, shape the organization not through the power of will or dictate, but rather through example, through coaching and through understanding and helping others to achieve their goals.

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1 comment:

  1. Love the quote. I saw this in action this week. 10 days ago I had an employee sitting in the HR office, asking him if he wanted to continue his career with us. This week he recieved compliments from the ISO auditor and the Quality Manager as being a great help. The only difference was he was involved in a new project.