Organizations Must Go on a DIET to Become Lean

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Leila McKenzie
Business Consultant, United States

Organizations Must Go on a DIET to Become Lean

Lean is focused on the elimination or reduction of waste and the continuous improvement of the overall performance of a company. Acquiring the proficiency to accomplish more with less is the path toward removing insignificant activities from organizational practices. Creating more value and applying a different way of thinking during processes is at the heart of lean concepts. A diet to become lean consists of principles that organizations integrate through Discipline, Improvement, Efficiency, and Training (DIET):

- discipline. When incorporating a diet in your organizational practices, discipline is vital before your system becomes fit. The leader needs to be a dedicated champion for change, open-minded, and without skepticism. It is important to have a methodical understanding of the issues facing the organization and the environment for which it operate as one of its biggest challenges toward the plan to become lean. The most significant aspect for the successful implementation of lean mythologies is to ensure that it becomes a part of the everyday mindset within the organization. Setting the stage for a structured process for managing and maintaining the diet of an organization will require a consistent serving of discipline.

- Continuous Improvement is a nutritional requirement that provides healthy solutions to an organizational diet. In today's economy, a company has to supplement improvement at all levels of the organization as part of the strategic goal. Understanding the need for growth and learning while standardizing processes are the foundation of the ongoing effort to improve product, services, and processes. Customizing a culture that drives change with constant improvement will motivate and enable the organization to recognize and detoxify waste along with enhancing its dedication toward the objective.

- Efficiency is another fundamental component of the DIET to becoming lean, which encompasses various practices to enhance quality, competence, and responsiveness to customers. In an effort to focus on escalating efficiency, an organization needs to burn off non-value added practices and processes while concentrating on issues caused by its most important challenges. Practicing perfection and maintaining persistence toward a lean environment will encourage efficiency and motivate the need for continuous improvement, despite the organizational challenges.

- Training. Creating a culture of continuous learning is essential. Successful implementation requires all employees be trained to identify and remove waste from processes. It is imperative while implementing lean to be aware of the strictness of your organization's DIET. The pivot of lean initiative involves the training of personnel, which is instrumental in it successful implementation. Lean is a tool and technique, but most importantly, a way of thinking, which begins with exercising the muscle of the organization from top-down. The philosophy, values, and practices of lean are more effective when applied across the entire organization.

Lean concepts encompass various practices of applying philosophies and techniques of eliminating waste. Integrating the principles of discipline, improvement, efficiency, and training (DIET) into a lean initiative creates a culture that embraces change. Learning to eliminate non-value added practices and processes through a DIET plan assures the organization is on the strict path to becoming lean.


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