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Friday, May 14, 2010

Lean Quote of the Day, May 14, 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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"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now."
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, 1749-1832, German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

This quote is really about the tipping point between analysis paralysis and just do it.  The tipping point is when an idea, trend, behavior, product, or message creates enough critical mass crossing a threshold where change becomes unstoppable. It is this epidemic of change that many seek to make their Lean journey sustainable.  In the post The Tipping Point of Lean Culture the three rules (or agents of change) by Malcolm Gladwell are explained in terms of creating a Lean culture.  These elements are essential in all transformations.

Many organizations are waiting for the optimum time to change.  Unfortunately, tomorrow never comes.  If you allow it you will always find another distraction.  There is never a better time to start than now.  We really must invest everyday in our future since you can't get back lost time.

To make this transformation possible the workforce must have the ability and expectation that they can make changes for the better.  This requires committed leadership to act now and remove all obstacles and excuses prohibiting change.

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