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Vision

Together with Leadership that we discussed last week, vision is another key success factor. Lean Practitioners must develop and share the vision of a waste-free company. Without that vision, lean activities, while locally beneficial, fail to align with the “big picture.” Aza Badurdeen, a lean practitioner and writer even went as far as saying “lean initiatives without proper vision will lead to more confusion and problems than elimination of waste.”

Remember that the function of a “vision” is to show where the company is going in terms of its own values and purpose. Likewise, a well-developed Lean Vision places Enterprise Excellence squarely in the company’s focus. Ideally, the company’ vision statement will incorporate where they are going with Lean…not as a program, but as part of the culture.

After developing the Lean Vision, successful practitioners are able to share that vision in a way that everyone in the organization understands and supports it. A good way to tell if the vision is properly shared is to ask several people in different functions and at different levels what their understanding of the Lean Vision is. If they all respond similarly, you’ve probable done a good job sharing the vision. If not, there’s work to be done. Keep sharing and communicating the vision until everyone is of the same accord.

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