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We know that Lean, a facet of Kaizen, is an incredibly efficient and productive way to approach manufacturing. Toyota exemplifies this with great success. However, America has not seen quite the effectiveness that the Japanese experience. To understand why, we need to look at cultural differences between the Eastern and Western work ethics and determine whether we can adopt some of their mindsets.
In part one, we explored their motivation to seek constant improvement, and how heavily emphasized group involvement is. Let’s take a look at two other significant differences.
Second, make them value and feel valued for the work they do. Accomplishing the suggestions in Part 1 are great ways to show employees they are valued and to add value to their work.
Lean strategies are most successful when the people responsible for seeing them through have the right kind of mindset to support them. How can you create a better lean culture?
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