This little, green, and wise sensei from Star Wars has a lot he could teach us about life, and he can also teach us a lot about lean. I recall one moment in The Empire Strikes Back when Yoda is doing his best to teach Luke Skywalker in the ways of the force. Luke is a leader and he’s already had considerable success prior to meeting Yoda. But Luke lived most of his life unaware of “the Force,” and now he’s struggling to see things another way.
At this point Yoda tells the young Jedi some memorable words:
“You must unlearn what you have learned.”
This simple statement from our little green friend has profound application to implementing and practicing lean. [Read more…] about What Yoda Teaches Us About Lean Manufacturing