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I had dinner last night with a friend I hadn’t seen in a number of years.
We did a lot of catching up, but because we first met working for a company that was just ramping up its commitment to Lean, we talked a lot about continuous improvement.
I made a joke that with the Lean tools, I could make myself into a pro baseball player.
In truth, though, that’s not really the point of Lean. There’s no end-state with Lean. No final accomplishment. No status that you’ve achieved.
Rather, Lean is about making things better every day. It is about not being complacent, and not believing that any performance is ever good enough to succeed in the long haul.
Lean is the playground of the optimist.
To be successful at Lean, you must have an unwavering belief that tomorrow will be better than today, and that you have the potential to improve.
So my joke was not spot on, but it was ‘in the ballpark’. Lean could make my game better…
While most people do not do this formally, those who are successful at improving some aspect of their lives do many of these things without even recognizing that they are putting Lean tools in place.
And I’d bet that most of the pros that are on the field use these tools with a lot more formality than an amateur would.
What do you think? Could Lean tools take an average ball player and elevate him or her to a professional level?
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By Jeff Hajek
June 9th, 2010
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It all starts with the desire to want to improve. From that you can find the way with the help of Coach (to use your sporitng analogy). As in sports there is no substitution for practice and hard work. You aren’t born with these skills but they can be learned. Get on a path to accomplish your goals ans you would be amazed at what you can accomplish.
A Lean Journey
There’s also the problem of prioritization. Being great at something often happens at the expense of other things.
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