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96 The Lean Life

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I went to a seminar about Lean yesterday. Since I started as the editor of business edition I have visited a couple of Lean seminars and to be honest I mostly get that I don´t get it... I think I understand everything when listening but realise afterwards that I still don´t understand the difference between Lean and other methods to make a business efficient.

But yesterday I did - the lecturer was a swedish doctoral candidate who had spent two years at the Toyota factory in Japan. And finally I got that Lean is putting focus on three thing - flow efficiency, learning and method - traditional is putting focus on efficiency of resources, production results and methods...

The most interesting was when he described how he and a couple of friends had challenged themselves to live according to lean principles for ten dys. That meant that they did three stages of process - proactive (when defining their life at the best and planning according to that) active ( when actually executing thir plan and reactive (evaluate what happened and learning from it to create new startegies) He called the three stages for "looping" - and he had found that he had 70 hours of deviation from plan and then analyzing why and what was need to be done to adjust it.

The fun thing with his reasoning was that he so obviously did not judge the results - he welcomed mistakes or deviations because that was the chance to learn and develop - carachteristic for Lean workj is that you are continously learning, you are never finished.

I got the perspective of working from the definition of me at my best and trying to impersonate that. AND - which is my favourite - to break that ideal into practical actions and routines.

Lean work will create a lean me...

Also I have started the countdown to my birthday - 96 interesting days left to improve!
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  • 2BE-MY-BEST
    Stay in The Loop!
    2643 days ago
  • SWEDE_SU
    very interesting - thanks for sharing this!
    2644 days ago
  • SABRINASARAH
    I love how making mistakes was a chance to learn and grow. How great! Thanks for sharing this!
    2645 days ago
  • GUITARWOMAN
    I know a bit about LEAN from my work and training and I like the concept....I once saw a video about making toast the LEAN way and it was pretty hilarious....

    Not so sure about living life to the LEANest....I do tend to get distracted, and often will take detours to get more daily steps recorded....something to think about for sure.

    And of course the concept of continuous improvement (the Plan, Do, Study, Act cycle is big with my organization) is what we all should be doing.

    BTW, I love your picture!


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    2645 days ago
  • AZIMAT
    Never heard of this before. So interesting. Thanks for sharing it.
    2645 days ago
  • JOYINKY
    I like it! We are responsible for defining our life at it's best and moving in that direction. Thanks for sharing.
    2645 days ago
  • PUDLECRAZY
    " obviously did not judge the results - he welcomed mistakes or deviations because that was the chance to learn and develop - carachteristic for Lean workj is that you are continously learning, you are never finished. "

    Yes! This is so important! If we are willing to change, take positive risks, learn something new, grow, we WILL make mistakes/deviations. They are part of learning and true growth. Fear or negative judgement of mistakes along the path are the inhibitors of growth. And if growth is finished before life ends, then the interesting and enriching parts of life end before we do. May there be many mistakes in your life that lead to positive change and growth, and may you smile at them, embrace them, and thank them for lessons learned.

    Great blog!
    2645 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/23/2012 8:13:16 AM
  • SPARKLISE
    Sounds interesting! emoticon
    2645 days ago
  • JO88BAKO
    Interesting. Thanks for sharing
    2645 days ago
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