Change is worth the effort of change, it is why I love LEAN. Change defines life, work, and all people. Ironically, we all want tomorrow to be predictable. The rate of change in business is advancing quickly. It means disruption in that daily predictable life. What is disruption you ask? Check out Industry 4.0 for that well-detailed answer. The article quoted here is a good one, the point is preparation will require Small Business Owners to see the change coming. And, if they do see it, the Small Business Owner should embrace LEAN. The author proposes the retraining of employees as the answer and should have been more clear with LEAN as the answer.
Small Business Owners should embrace LEAN
Have your heard the phrase, “boil the ocean?” While this is true, it’s hardly the end game. How do you pick what’s next, or where to focus? I like the metaphor to describe both the size of the problem and also the number of problems Small Business Owners face. Often owners feel overwhelmed because it seems like they must “boil the ocean” to achieve the future.
There are many ways to think, and thinking has been around as long as us humans have been around. But, has our thinking improved? I’m seeing hope in watching teams who are dedicated to LEAN and improved thinking. These teams are using KATA as a method to learn to think scientifically, differently, unemotionally. KATA is how to learn scientific thinking.
Ways To Think
There are many ways to think. The range spans quiet reflection to the imagination and even letting our minds wander. But, if thinking is what humans are able to do, and if we see ourselves as enlightened why is there such acrimony on youtube? It appears to me that we are thinking less. The lack of conversation, and so much yelling, it appears, at least to me, emotions dominate our thinking.
This is a great article and ever so true about the differences between Americans and Europeans. A Belgium customer said to me, “Americans live to work and Europeans work to live,” this has stuck with me.