My wife and I think she just wanted to go, go, go as she watched her older brother and sisters run around and play. Now she can join them and seems to be delighted because of it.
A Long Journey
But here’s the thing. It took her almost 12 months, and a tremendous amount of effort, to figure this walking stuff out.
Sure we helped her by propping her up and demonstrating how to walk by doing it ourselves. But, in the end, she did it her herself by improving a little bit everyday.
To be sure, it didn’t happen overnight and neither will the transformations of our companies or organizations.
Let’s Get Lean!
I see this all the time. People read a book about lean or six sigma and learn some new terms and decide that their company is going to “get lean” or something to this effect.
And while dreaming big like this isn’t bad… in fact I think it’s great… we must all take small steps as we progress on this never ending journey called continuous improvement.
Small Steps 3 Month Roadmap
So, here are a few suggested ideas that might help you make, or accelerate, your journey over the next 3 months.
- Find someone else interested in continuous improvement you can talk to and learn with. Let’s call this person your CI partner. Use me if you don’t have anyone.
- Learn something new every week for the next 3 months and explain what you’ve learned to your CI partner at the end of the week over coffee, beer, or some other beverage of choice.
- Plan and execute 5 kaizen events over the next 3 months. Get help from others if you need it.
- Teach at least 10 people something each month for the next 3 months. If you can teach something well, meaning people have learned, you really understand the topic. The training that is part of a typical kaizen event is an excellent time to accomplish this task.
- Make something better each and every day for the next 3 months. It doesn’t have to be a big thing but something should be better than it was when you arrived.
There is more
Obviously, this list is not all encompassing… but it’s a start. So, if you haven’t already started, or perhaps things have stalled a bit for you, give these ideas a try for the next 3 months and check back in to tell us how it goes.
Also, be sure to check back in 3 months as I’ll have some more ideas on what to do at that point in time. You can subscribe to the blog here or by email at the end of this article to make sure you don’t miss anything!
What do you think?
What do you think of my list? Do you like it? Do you hate it? What would you do differently?