I am a firm believer of a long term approach to all company improvement strategies. Whether you are using Lean Manufacturing, Toyota Production System, Six Sigma….Theory of Constraints or some other approach, It should be a longer term approach focused on creating a culture that empowers the entire company to improve and solve problems on a daily basis. I’m not going to debate the “approach”…that was another blog post that you can read here when you feel the desire. I want to talk about why some short term impact is important and how the company financials should play a part in your work.
I was very fortunate to be a part of this Lean Transformation from the very initial involvement of the Toyota Supplier Support Center (TSSC). This was the start of my Lean Journey with Toyota and eventually went to work for TSSC for a year and a half to learn more about the Toyota way and bring it back to Herman Miller. This was a great turning point in my career in Lean Manufacturing. This video does a great job of summarizing the long journey of Kaizen to create an entirely different capability and culture of problem solving and meeting customer needs.