To be sure, having senior management support is extremely important and without it the hill to continuous improvement success can be mighty steep.
But, let’s be honest here folks. I’m guessing a large percentage of you reading this either have or have had managers who don’t/didn’t support lean and six sigma improvement efforts.
So what can you do if you find yourself in this situation? Here are three things.
1. Make your Manager Shine
Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them. ~Paul Hawken
Many times when a manager doesn’t support continuous improvement it’s because they don’t see the value in it.
The best way to combat this is to demonstrate the value without them asking you to.
In other words, make something better and let them know about it.
And when I say make it better I mean it. Do something to positively impact the business.
You see if you make them look good a few times they will almost certainly thirst for more.
2. Self Educate
Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life. ~Henry L. Doherty
In order for the first point to happen you must seek knowledge. And if your manager doesn’t support continuous improvement chances are they are not willing to fund your lean or six sigma education.
Don’t you dare let this stop you.
There are tons of free lean and six sigma resources available. Click over on our Video tab and watch free Gemba Academy videos. Read blogs like this one and the Gemba Academy Blog. Go to the library and read books.
In short, if you truly want to find information you can… and in many cases this information is 100% free.
3. Don’t Give Up
“But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.” ~Matthew 24:13
In order to succeed at the two recommendations above the most important tip I can offer is to never ever give up.
Sure it’s easy for “experts” to tell you to quit and find another employer who will care… but that isn’t always as easy as it sounds. You have bills to pay and kids to feed now.
So keep fighting… keep learning… keep improving. If you do this, one thing is for certain, you and the organization you work for will be better off even if they don’t realize it.