Well, it’s safe to say our first Lean Thinker Challenge was a hit… as of a few minutes ago there were 56 comments. Thank you to all of you who joined the conversation!
Now, let’s get to this week’s Lean Thinker Challenge!
You’ve been planning this particular event for 2 weeks. You’re ready.
You have an excellent plan for how each day of the event should go. Your objective is clear and management is supportive of the effort.
So, yes, all is good… with one exception. His name is Jimmy.
Jimmy is one of the most experienced operators in your company. There’s no job he can’t perform. Jimmy is hard working and genuinely does the best he can each and every day.
The problem is Jimmy just doesn’t buy into this whole lean thinking thing.
He’s gone with the flow for the last year and half as you and your colleagues have begun to implement a lean thinking culture. He’s also done his best to avoid being part of a kaizen event.
But he wasn’t able to duck this one… so he’s now sitting by himself in the back row of the training room with his arms crossed and an extremely annoyed look on his face. He simply doesn’t want to be here.
Now to the challenge. You need Jimmy this week. You need his experience. You need his ideas.
And you definitely need Jimmy to change his attitude as he could negatively influence the less experienced team members who definitely respect him.
So, how will you go about turning Jimmy’s frown upside down?
In other words, what specific steps will you take to turn Jimmy into your biggest lean thinking advocate?