The Lean Leadership Industry

- "Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten."

B. F. Skinner

That quote helps explain one reason why tens of thousands of books have been written on the topic of leadership and lean has become its own little cottage industry.

Sure, some people are born natural leaders, but for the vast majority of us, leadership isn't in our genes. This is why leadership should be viewed as a skill: if you don't use it, you will lose it.

Or we get frustrated and impatient, forgetting the fundamentals and seek other rehashed information that has been spun a different way that we might relate to.

Education doesn't solve problems or lead people, people do. This helps explain why the TWI J-skills are called skills, by practicing daily, we have a chance to convert the knowledge we acquire in the sessions into a skill. Use it or lose it!

I suppose the same could be said for many things in life...

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At November 4, 2009 at 1:02 PM , Blogger Jamie Flinchbaugh said...

First, I think it's great that you're quoting Skinner. He's not as well known as he should be. Onto your post...

We're all handed a deck of cards, it's what we do with it that matters. Everyone should improve their capabilities, every day.

We've found that most lean experts have tons of knowledge of lean, but don't know how to get it across to everyone else. They believe other people are the problem, but it's really them. They lack the leadership skills to make the change happen. That's why we created a course called Leading Lean. There is a big difference between being a lean expert and being a lean change agent.

Ultimately there is no such thing as organizational change. Organizations don't change. People change. The organization is just the net result of the people in it.

Jamie Flinchbaugh


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