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Friday, July 1, 2011

Lean Quote: Freedom, A Chance To Be Better

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.

"Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better." — Albert Camus

Lean manufacturing provides your workforce the freedom that they need to own and maximize their productivity. In a Lean production plant, the "freedom to control one's work" replaces the "mind numbing stress" of mass production. Armed with the skills they need to control their environment workers have the opportunity to think actively even proactively to solve workplace problems.

Lean is more than the traditional metrics of improved efficiency, reduced costs and increased throughput. The people-centric approach to the application of Lean creates a better future, driven by empowered individuals working in teams, committed to continuous improvement. It is this culture of responsible freedom and trust that allows employees and their organization to realize the positive benefits of Lean and achieve a successful outcome.

The real power of Lean manufacturing is to fully engage our heads and hearts to create habits that result in achievement and fulfillment. This is accomplished by creating an inspirational environment in which people are encouraged to embrace, implement, and live Lean concepts. Lasting results are driven by the spirit of honesty, integrity, responsiveness, freedom, and creativity, built on a platform of committed relationships.

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