Sunday, April 19, 2009
I was reading (re-reading) The Toyota Way this weekend and I was reminded of the importance of nemawashi, and of just how much I hate it. As stated in Principle 13, "Make decisions slowly by consensus, thoroughly considering all options; implement decisions rapidly." My tendency is to want to skip right to the "implement decisions rapidly" part without going through the tedious process of consensus building.
A friend of mine (you know who you are) likes to remind me that people won't simply accept an idea because I said so, no matter what my track record. The slow, painful, often political process of hearing everyone out and exhausting all possible avenues -- no matter how illogical -- advocated in nemawashi really does pay big dividends in the end. I know this, yet it does not stop me from wanting to skip directly to what I feel is the correct solution (something I warn others of all the time).
So, to my much more patient friend, I want you to know that I will be trying harder to practice what I preach. And I appreciate your patience with me.
Posted by Evan Durant at 4:08 PM
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I don't really have any special reason for this post or any relevant theme to tie it to, but it's not everyday that you get presented an award by the CEO of a $12.7 billion company.
Posted by Evan Durant at 4:42 PM
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Check out my new shirt! I couldn't resist getting one of these once I crossed the 500-mile threshold. I know this is getting to be a common theme, but it's yet another accomplishment I never thought I'd see. It's partly pride, but mostly just sheer amazement. I'm in awe of the future with the realization that I will someday soon look back on this as just one small step in a long journey.
Anyway, I hope you'll forgive me a little bragging at this point, as I continue to move forward. This biggest challenges and greatest triumphs are always ahead.
Posted by Evan Durant at 6:41 AM
Saturday, April 4, 2009
If you're wondering why I haven't posted in awhile, it's primarily because this past week was consumed by a major lean conversion kaizen. This was one of those watershed events that we'll look back on as a major milestone in our lean journey. I feel as though we've reached a tipping point in turning people's attitudes toward lean and beginning to accept the inevitability of change. This week was full of "ah-ha" moments and people beginning to see the light. This is only the beginning of course, and there is still much work to be done. But the plunge has been taken.
There is very much a sense that all of the lean conversion work to this point has been a warm-up for this event. The level of complexity of this process has necessitated so much creativity and imagination in the application of fundamental lean principles that there was much skepticism that this could even be done. But the team's focus and determination yielded what I think is an amazingly elegant solution to a highly complex problem. I have gained new confidence in this organization's ability to adapt to really tough situations. This is fortunate, since our toughest challenges are in front of us.
Posted by Evan Durant at 7:29 AM