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Mike Orzen: 3 signs of sustainability

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Absolutely! All the examples of companies who have sustained lean thinking (and operational results) have common elements: 1) Principle -based leadership that acts as a rudder to create a constancy of purpose and alignment throughout the organization (note this is not based on a specific person); 2) Management systems that drive the right behavior; and 3) a culture of continuous problem solving, accountability, and shared responsibility.

Who else besides Toyota is doing this successfully? Autoliv, Denver Health, Goodyear, John Deere, and Gulfstream Aerospace to name a few. Are they perfect examples of a Lean Enterprise and do they always get it right? Of course not! They would be the first to say they are just beginning their Lean journey.

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