You’re the owner of a very successful manufacturing company.
Your company began its lean journey 10 years ago and has realized tremendous benefits.
In fact, lean thinking – along with an excellent product and customer support – has enabled you to assume control of your particular market.
With this said, your main competitor keeps a very close eye on you. They’ve even attempted to hire away some of your top associates.
This competitor knows you’re practicing lean and is very intrigued to learn more about what you’re doing in hopes that they too can find a competitive advantage.
A local television station has approached you. They want to feature your company in an upcoming documentary of successful businesses in your area. They’re specifically interested in how lean has impacted your business.
You’re very excited about the exposure this will give your company. You’re also excited about how happy, and proud, your associates are that their hard work has resulted in this sort of positive exposure.
But, alas, with this excitement comes fear.
You see, if you allow the documentary to be produced your competitor will learn exactly what you’re doing. You’re nervous this could enable them to close the gap on you.
What would you do?
Would you go ahead with the documentary? If so, why? If not, why?