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Defining Articles of Lean Enterprise (from the Kaizen Sketchbook – A Comprehensive Leadership Guide to Successful Transformation)
- Every work activity is a process with input, action and measurable output.
- Waste is any activity, condition, variation, cost or constraint that does not contribute to the purpose of the organization.
- Time is a primary basis of evaluating work and waste.
- The role of Leadership is to help people use materials and equipment to achieve the purpose of the organization in the least-waste-way.
- The “top-down” organizational model of “divide and conquer” is merged with the horizontal model of “unite and prioritize.”
- The operational model of Lean Enterprise is based on achievement of customer demand, expressed as Takt Time, to set up One Piece Flow triggered by a Pull System.
- Operational Leadership behavior is based on real-time facts understood in context and respect for people.
- Strategic Leadership behavior is based on selecting and sustaining the few initiatives critical to organizational long term survival.
- Everyone in the organization depends on consistent, driving, fact-driven and trust-building leadership.
- No one in the organization is satisfied with current levels of process performance.