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Friday, May 27, 2011

Lean Quote: When You See a Job To Do, Just Do It

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.

"The thing about the Navy is when we see a job to do, we just do it. That’s part of who we are. It’s always been that way. It always will be that way and it’s that commitment, drive, focus on mission, and focus on making things better for those that are going to come after us that make all the difference in the world. And the United States Navy does it better than anybody else. " — Unknown, US Navy Quotes

There is a comical little story that goes along with the premise of this quote:

This is a story about four people named; Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did.

Somebody got angry about this, because it was Everybody's job.

Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done!!!!!!!!!!

The moral of the story is for you to be somebody that everybody loves, anyone would respect and nobody will forget! Expect to be a leader. Effective leadership is critical in business  - if you go first the rest will follow! You must believe in yourself and focus on your strengths.  Like the Nike commercial says "just do it".

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