“If you want to achieve goals you’ve never achieved before, you simply have to start doing things that you have never done before.” Stephen R. Covey

“Any one can buy machines, but people make the difference!”

Lean Manufacturing is the system where wastes are continuously identified and removed in order to create value.

People are the most important resource for any lean manufacturer.
Many implementations of lean fail due to the lack of understanding on basic lean concepts and general knowledge, not because of the problems with lean itself.

“The fundamentals of this system (lean production) are applicable to every industry across the globe …(and) will have a profound effect on human society – it will truly change the world.” New Your Time Magazine

“The truly lean plant transfers the maximum amount of tasks and responsibilities to those who are actually adding value. In the end, it is the dynamic work team that emerges as the heart of the lean enterprise.” Womack and Jones

“Lean in a mind set. Lean is not a list of things to do and it’s not a set of tools to use. Lean is a people-centered system committed to the continuous elimination of waste everywhere while adding value for customers. Change does not take place by edicts on the wall, but rather through everyday conversation. MDW does that!” Marcos Pavani

“Even if you are on the right track if you stand still you’ll get run over.”

To simply MONITOR performance is waste. To MANAGE performance is world class.”

A bad leader is he whom the people despise.
A good leader is he whom the people respect.
A great leader is he whose people say “We did it ourselves”
Lao-Tze 6th Century BC

“There are so many men who can figure costs, and so few who can measure values.” ~Author Unknown
“A corporation is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin. Methods have to change. Focus has to change. Values have to change. The sum total of those changes is transformation.” ~Andrew Grove
“The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize.” ~Shigeo Shingo

“Your lean process should be a lean process.” ~Author Unknown

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” ~Peter F. Drucker

“Continuous improvement is not about the things you do well – that’s work. Continuous improvement is about removing the things that get in the way of your work. The headaches, the things that slow you down, that’s what continuous improvement is all about.” ~Bruce Hamilton

“If you need a new process and don’t install it, you pay for it without getting it.” ~Ken Stork

“Amateurs work until they get it right. Professionals work until they can’t get it wrong.” ~Author Unknown
“Nature does constant value stream mapping – it’s called evolution.” ~Carrie Latet

“A bad system will beat a good person every time.” ~W. Edwards Deming

“We are too busy mopping the floor to turn off the faucet.” ~Author Unknown

“Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless.” ~Thomas A. Edison

The essential question is not, “How busy are you?” but “What are you busy at?” ~Oprah Winfrey

“A relentless barrage of “why’s” is the best way to prepare your mind to pierce the clouded veil of thinking caused by the status quo. Use it often.” ~Shigeo Shingo

“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” ~Bill Gates

“The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ~Albert Einstein

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” ~Kathleen D. Dannemiller

“Improvement usually means doing something that we have never done before.” ~Shigeo Shingo
On the bathing-tub of King T’ang the following words were engraved: “If you would one day renovate yourself, do so from day to day. Yea, let there be daily renovation.” ~Confucian Analects

“An environment where people have to think brings with it wisdom, and this wisdom brings with it kaizen [continuous improvement].” ~Teruyuki Minoura

“The impossible is often the untried.” ~Jim Goodwin

“If you don’t have time to do it right you must have time to do it over.” ~Author Unknown

“Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.” ~C.D. Jackson

“Different isn’t always better, but better is always different.” ~Author Unknown

“You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures.” ~Charles C. Noble

“It is better to stir up a question without deciding it, than to decide it without stirring it up.” ~Joseph Joubert

“Even if you are on the right track if you stand still you’ll get run over.” ~Author Unknown

“When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves.” ~Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book