Are You a Lean Thinker?

Ever feel pressure to do more with less?  Find yourself questioning why work is done the way it is or how it could be improved?  Looking for ways to empower your colleagues while keeping your customers happy?  Then lean thinking may be for you.Ever feel pressure to do more with less?  Find yourself questioning why work is done the way it is or how it could be improved?  Looking for ways to empower your colleagues while keeping your customers happy?  Then lean thinking may be for you.

While its origins can be traced back to the invention of the cotton gin, the term  lean manufacturing wasn’t coined until the 1990’s in an analysis of the Toyota Production System in Japan by Womack and Jones. Lean  is a business methodology that defines the value of a product or service from the eyes of the customer and continuously works to eliminate wasteful (non-value added) steps/resources from the processes of providing value to the customer.  However, for companies to find long term success and sustainability utilizing lean, they also must imbed Toyota’s two key pillars into their culture:⦁ Respect for all people (employees, management, customers, etc.)⦁ Continuous ImprovementWhile initially applied to automobile manufacturing, this practice is rising in popularity in other industries including healthcare, government, and non-profit sector due to its effectiveness.At HealthTechS3, we believe that practicing lean is more than utilizing a tool kit or methodology; it is a successful workplace culture  Enroll in our online 5S organizational process course scheduled in early 2018. Enrollment information will be published in December.

For more information, please contact Faith Jones at faith.jones@healthtechs3.com.

Author:

Tawnie Sabin, JD, BSIEHTS3 Independent Lean Consultant