In 2005 Toyota received over 600,000 improvement suggestions from employees in Japan alone. That’s over 11 improvements per employee each year. Companies practicing 2 Second Lean are known to create over 4000 improvements within their first two years, and that’s with as few as 70 employees making an average of 29 improvements per employee per year.
Clearly there’s something significant about taking action when it comes to lean success.
Daily kaizen (simple daily improvements) are central to creating a lean culture. It’s the means by which every employee can make a contribution every day to the future of the company and the joy of their own workspace.
However, I decided to write on this topic of taking action because unfortunately many companies practicing lean are not taking action. [Read more…] about Why Taking Action Is Critical To Lean Success