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You suspect you have started to get a bad reputation with your boss.

If you want to thrive in a Lean company, your boss must see you as being supportive of continuous improvement efforts. If she doesn’t see you that way, it is because of one of two reasons. Either you really aren’t supportive of Lean, and the assessment is accurate, or you are supportive of the improvement efforts, and your boss is off the mark about how you feel.

Regardless of the reason, it is up to you to change her mind if you want to do well in the future.


You suspect you have started to get a bad reputation with your boss.

How this affects you

Life gets more difficult when your manager doesn’t think you support the changes. You get fewer advancement opportunities and your job might even be at risk.

Action to take

Do you know if you’ve been labeled a “concrete head?” This term has somehow, despite the political incorrectness, survived translation from Japanese and is frequently used in Lean circles. It describes a person who has closed his mind and is not receptive to new ideas. Once you receive this label, it is very hard, although not impossible, to overcome. Some of the biggest Lean supporters were its strongest opponents in the beginning.

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Why this works

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