Here’s a list of principles worthy of our attention as we start the week.
- Carefully observe oneself and one’s situation, carefully observe others, and carefully observe one’s environment.
- Seize the initiative in whatever you undertake.
- Consider fully, act decisively.
- Know when to stop.
- Keep to the middle.
While I’ve never studied Judo a day in my life, I do find myself attempting to follow most of these principles. I don’t always succeed, but I try.
The one I’m most intrigued by, probably since I understand it the least is number 5 – keep to the middle. I can see how this would be valuable for someone practicing Judo. But I wonder what this means for those of us applying lean and six sigma in our organizations.
What do you think “keep to the middle” means? And should we follow this principle or go for broke and run out of bounds once in awhile?