Developing the Cultural Change through a Lean Leadership Course

Why a Lean Leadership Course?

No matter how successful the company, waste is still abundant, and the goal of all employees needs to be to eliminate this waste and continuously improve the organization. There’s a cultural change that must take place in order for waste elimination and improvement to occur on a regular basis. A lean leadership course can facilitate this cultural change. While lean concepts are straightforward, applying lean in a complex work environment can be extremely difficult. A lean leadership course can teach this application and can help your soon-to-be lean organization to:

  • See problems
  • Fix/Solve problems
  • Learn
  • Share the learning to continuously improve

Leadership Course

After the leadership course, all leaders should be challenging their teams to pursue perfection because this is what leadership is about - leading people to a place they haven't been. This should be challenging performance to zero defects, to 100 percent on-time delivery, and other stretch goals. is what forces people to think, learn and grow. Apply the concept of pull here. By setting the highest-possible goal, you are pulling elevated performance through the organization.

Three Ways a Lean Leadership Course Can Facilitate Cultural Change

  1. Make problems visible and solve them in real time. Making problems visible can be painful, but it is necessary to permanently correct them. When company leaders and team leaders stop placing blame, team members are less afraid of problems and so solve them quickly and permanently. Don’t lengthen or complicate the problem-solving process by collecting too much data or involving too many people. The most efficient way to solve a problem is to fix it the moment it becomes visible.

At LeanCor’s headquarters in Florence, KY, team members don’t need to guess what the organization’s biggest problems are. They are displayed as “LeanCor’s Five Most Wanted,” board.

  1. Eliminate waste and waste-creating work every day. The most important question you can ask your team is, why are we doing this? If the work isn’t creating value for the customer nor needed to keep things running smoothly and safely, stop doing it. Each team member needs to know how each job in the value-creating process is done – whether the end product is a finished good, an answer to a loan application, or a medical procedure. You need to be familiar enough with the work to know where waste exist and then guide team leaders and members to see that waste by probing how each action creates – or fails to create – value.
  1. Use the Power of PDCA. PDCA is a powerful tool used to see and solve problems. This shows respect to your team members by providing a regularly scheduled opportunity together feedback and check in. This will also help you and your team member to establish priorities and steps in the process so team members are not overwhelmed. The meetings are hard at first, but get better as team members get a chance to talk and have their voices heard.

A leader cannot expect his/her team to accept the lean philosophy without understanding and believing in it themselves – that’s why leadership courses, and lean practical workshops are so crucial for a cultural transformation.

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LeanCor Supply Chain Group is a trusted supply chain partner that specializes in lean principles to deliver operational improvement. LeanCor’s three integrated divisions – LeanCor Training and Education, LeanCor Consulting, and LeanCor Logistics – help organizations eliminate waste, drive down costs, and build a culture of continuous improvement.

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