“Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).
The ability to persevere through the tough times we experience as lean and six sigma practitioners is extremely important.
In fact, the ability to persevere through the tough times we experience as human beings is also important.
But, unfortunately, perseverance alone isn’t eough.
You see, in order to find success at work or home we must also continuously turn the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) wheel.
- We must seek to deeply understand the problem or problems.
- We must have the courage to relentlessly attack these problems knowing full well many of our countermeasures won’t work.
- And once we discover a successful countermeasure we must seek to understand why it worked.
Definition of Insanity
Put another way… perseverance without PDCA is similar to the definition of insanity whereby one tries the same thing over and over expecting different results. Not only is this a painful way to live our lives… it will indeed drive a person mad!
What do you think?
Do you agree with my thinking here? Can perseverance succeed without some form of problem solving?
And what about PDCA without perseverance… can that work? What do you think?