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Mike Rother: Ya Gotta Wanna See Your Problems!

By Mike Rother, - Last updated: Sunday, August 22, 2010 - Save & Share - Leave a comment

Question:  Why so much about JIT and so little about Jidoka?

Here’s something to consider. A possible deep-seated and subtle reason for our limited use of Jidoka is that we don’t actually want to see the problems in our processes. That, in turn, keeps us from developing a problem-solving way of thinking that gets to and eliminates the root causes of issues.

A neuroscientist colleague, Professor Gerald Hüther, tells the story of an experiment in which subjects do text messaging while inside an fMRI scanner. When college-age subjects performed this task the researchers could see new neural connections activating as a result of the repeated practicing. But when older subjects practiced the same task, sometimes no neural changes were observed. Here’s the difference: Some of the older subjects disliked texting, so despite the same amount of practicing, their brains weren’t weaving any new neural pathways.

The conclusion drawn from this and similar studies is that new ways of thinking and acting do develop from practicing… if you are interested what you are practicing. You have to want to, in other words.

Jidoka? Ya gotta wanna.

Mike


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