Have you ever been in a situation where things were so unclear that you did not know where to begin? In the context of a changing environment or when facing a situation where there are many unknowns, this sentiment is quite natural.
It can be especially daunting when you’re also in charge of leading a group and others are counting on your direction, as tenuous as it may be.
Here is an exercise you can do together, to help you navigate the unknown and identify potential next steps.
1) Identify what is known or clear.
Many organizations have had some exposure to Lean Training. A small number of these organizations have actually attempted to apply the various Lean tools. Unfortunately, they often report that their experience and more importantly, their results, have not met their expectations. These organizations are left wondering if Lean works in their business sector.
So, what went wrong?
The best way to answer that is to consider what Lean is. It is much more than a collection of tools or standalone initiatives.
Nouvelle Année - changement, renouveau ou on maintient le cap pour 2015?
À l'aube d'une nouvelle année je tends à faire des bilans et à prendre des moments pour faire de l'introspection, car pour moi l'arrivée d'une nouvelle année signifie renouveaux et possibilités - l'optimisme et la confiance sont à l'honneur.
On August 28th, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D. C., Martin Luther King famously said; “I have a dream…”! It was inspirational…a watershed moment in the history of the United States of America. The speech mobilized millions of people across the country.
Group Thinking Traps and the Importance of Process Design
I’ve studied leadership quite a bit in the past few years, and been amazed at how many different theories and definitions of leadership are out there. In fact, the words leadership and leader have so many different meanings that they have become almost meaningless. Think about the following sentence:
The leadership of the organisation demonstrated great leadership in leading leading-edge projects to develop leadership skills among emergent leaders.
Teams have a magical quality called Synergy which means "Synchronized Energy."
And when synergy kicks in, 1 + 1 can equal 3.
It's a bit like getting a speedboat up onto the plane.
When it's not "on the plane" it can take 3/4 throttle to go at 15 knots.
When it is "on the plane" it can do 25 knots at 1/2 throttle.
Real teams don't just "do more with less";
They "achieve more by doing less" - they don't work so hard to achieve the same results.