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Avoid Bureaucracy (Principle)

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When a company doesn’t operate under a strong set of principles or with clear leadership, it needs rules and policies to guide behaviors. In most cases, this is not the most effective way to get things done.

In fact, it often creates a tremendous amount of waste that hinders progress. The more people understand the guiding principles of the company and its leaders’ intent, the better they will be able to function when they encounter a situation is not spelled out in the rulebook. Creating a strong structure reduces the need for bureaucratic leadership.


CI Transformation Principles are the guiding rules that apply to all companies that are trying to make changes. They are similar to natural laws. Learn more about how principles guide your Lean journey in our entry on ‘Principles and Values.’


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