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Friday, November 7, 2014

Lean Quote: Take a Leap of Faith

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.

"You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.— Wayne Gretzky

I am constantly telling my hockey team this quote from one of hockey's greatest players. It is applicable to personal and business endeavors.

The world is moving forward, swiftly and consistently. As industry leaders, if you stop taking a breath, you will be left far behind others, competing in the race. Change is inevitable as so is it a scary concept. To overcome this fear, try doing something new. Take risks, explore ways to overcome the disabilities and move ahead. It might sound easy, but it is no less challenging.

Making a change requires a leap of faith. Taking that leap of faith is risky, and people will only take active steps toward the unknown if they genuinely believe – and perhaps more importantly, feel – that the risks of standing still are greater than those of moving forward in a new direction.  Making a change takes lots of leaps of faith.

Leaders who protect the status quo through control must surrender to change in order to secure the future for their organization. Don’t be the leader who rewards herd mentality, and me too thinking. Don’t be the leader who encourages people not to fail or not to take risks. Be the leader who both models and gives permission to do the exact opposite of the aforementioned – be a leader who leads.

Lean success requires a change in mindset and behavior among leadership, and then gradually throughout the organization. So it follows that success in Lean implies a change in what leaders reinforce—a change in leadership behaviors and practices. Change begins when leaders start acting differently. It’s that simple (but not that easy).

Lean leaders must set an example. They must take a “shot” at improvement if they want to win.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this quote and post. Another one that my 18 year old daughter has repeated lately is, "Don't stay out of the game because you are afraid of striking out." As leaders we need to make sure that no one looks bad if a new idea is tried and it does not work out as planned. We have to have our worker's backs if they are going to feel confident in making suggestions or trying new things.