From the blog Innovate on Purpose, the author argues that managers who are programmed to be process and control oriented do not embrace innovation due to it’s uncertain outcomes. Interesting analogies, including the comment that companies who focus on cutting 5% from their bottom line every year will cut themselves out of business in 15 years. Check out the article here.
As we launched our Lean Benchmarking Group, this was a central issue – how do we define what Lean is? Brian McCarthy shared this article with me, and it’s a great summary on the issues surrounding Lean – how do you define it, and who is implementing it. Ultimately, the article summarizes the challenges of Lean, and proposes that employee buy in at all levels is the key to sustaining gains.
Link to the article: http://www.industryweek.com/articles/lean_confusion_22538.aspx