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Friday, October 5, 2012

Lean Quote: Getting People To Do Ordinary Things Extraordinarily Well

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.

"Good management is about getting people to do ordinary things extraordinarily well." — Shigeo Shingo

Leaders who wish to transform the culture of their organization need to change the behaviors and mindset of their employees. Therefore, I want to present 5 Lean leadership behaviors you need to emulate to make your transformation effective:

1. Lead = Directing Others and Motivating Others
We lead by example, setting the pace by consistently motivating our team members to make the extraordinary happen.

2. Innovate = Creativity
Improving and enhancing the way people experience the world means driving technology with keen innovation. Team members work together to break new ground and open up new initiatives that benefit your customers and your workplace.

3. Solve = Problem Solving
Every day, we innovate ways to solve challenges both in the products we develop and in the business practices that sustain your company. On a local and global scale, we strive for continuous improvement.

4. Collaborate = Building Effective Teams
Your customers and colleagues are partners and measure your success by how well you help each other perform. From working on design challenges at customer sites to sharing ideas with teammates, collaborating is how you and your customers consistently win.

5. Win = Drive for Results and Action Oriented
Your focus on customer success drives you to look beyond the horizon and find solutions that get the job done.

If you are committed to becoming Lean then these behaviors will guide you to value. Lead, innovate, solve, collaborate, and win are behaviors that can shape the culture in your organization. Not only leaders but everybody can benefit from these Lean behaviors.

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