The New Lean Manager Walkthrough!

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The New Lean Manager Walkthrough!

by Enrique Mora

 

 

Without a doubt, in order for a company to reach the benefits of Lean Manufacturing it is required for the top management team to understand the need for a new way of doing things.

Until now,  the bigger the company, the more complex the rigmarole followed for the director or president to visit the plant. An authentic entourage comprised of people from the management and the mid management, superintendents or even supervisors prepares the scenario for that tour to be the most pleasant possible. An exhaustive cleaning is ordered in advance and in some cases even new T-shirts or caps are given to the employees for them to look better.

There goes the tour, an essential part of the protocol is about the area manager giving some information to the group, with the selection of words that the president wants to hear. Meanwhile, other people within the entourage take care for unpleasant things to be hidden.

I am glad to see that each day more and more companies are led by the new generation of executives, those who visit the plant at the least expected time and establish the real communication that we all benefit from. Today's executive is friendly, uses a very simple language, knows many of his employees by first name, chats with them, listens to their concerns about their jobs, (even personal concerns), listens to them and responds effectively and shares his own concerns with them.  

When this happens, many good ideas can be shared and in many cases the outcome is really fruitful. Nevertheless, the morale is increased and all the people work more effectively.

It is convenient to remember that in Lean Manufacturing we are creating a real partnership with all the elements of our organization.

New relationships have to be established in this new concept. We will have some more about how this partnership embraces our customers and suppliers as well in a future article.

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