LEAN Is Catholic

How do you balance listening to employees needs and making time for all the other things to do as a manager?

LEAN says, go to the shop floor employee, go to the office worker, ask any employee about what exactly is going on, listen, understand, then ask them,

“What do you need right now, to do your job serving the customer?”

Catholic says, subsidiarity is a very Catholic notion, it says, the person closest to the work is the person who should influence change the most. That sounds pretty much like LEAN, don’t you think?

A few days last week I spent visiting LEAN, and not so LEAN, workplaces. I shadowed a LEAN expert and toured a highly successful company using LEAN and a mix of organizations using LEAN and a struggling company wanting to use LEAN. The struggling company could see its value but questioned how to make that change. What a great week. I’ll write about these experiences and would love to see how you might be using LEAN.

My summary of the week is that the world will be a much better place as every organization eventually will go LEAN. Okay, maybe everyone won’t call it that, but getting employees engaged is not new. But, executing a plan to do that consistently is truley LEAN and Catholic.

Economic Power Shift Demands Change

Economic power has recently shifted to employees as unemployment has dropped. It’s an employee market and as a result, employees can be more choosy. This means the millennial’s expectation to have work-life boundaries will shape who they choose to work for in the coming years. I am convinced LEAN and Catholic (and all faiths) can help balance employee and business needs.

I can’t wait to help organizations interested in finding ways to embrace both LEAN and Catholic (faith).

My future work goal is to help organizations of all kinds see the value of a culture that embraces LEAN.

Watch for coming posts on this and please offer your input.

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