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Friday, August 11, 2017

Lean Quote: Tap Into Urgency

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 best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." — Chinese Proverb

I like the inspiring wisdom found in this old Chinese proverb. 

The only thing you truly have any control of is this moment. Right now. You do not have the DeLorean time machine to go to the past or future to change things. The only thing you have impact on is what you do today.

We talk a lot about having a sense of urgency in continuous improvement. We preach it to our team to move and act with it. Yet, how many demonstrate that trait themselves? A lot of managers are hypocrites. Do as I say, not as I do is the common theme. That goes back to integrity. Without it you will never become a leader.

Now has power. Use that and do one thing today that your future self would be happy you did today. If you want to be a leader, you have to become known for taking action…now.

If you don’t purposefully carve time out every day to progress and improve — without question, your time will get lost in the vacuum of our increasingly crowded lives. Before you know it, you’ll be old and withered — wondering where all that time went.

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