Lean transformation is not just about cutting costs. It requires a culture shift that enables leadership, accountability, and consistency. Such a culture drives sustainable, continuous improvement.
Although well intentioned, lean initiatives can be a waste of time and money without a detailed plan for thorough training, incentives to reward changing behaviors at all levels of responsibility, and analytics to measure progress initially and over time. More importantly, change must come from the bottom up as well as from the top down.
With this approach, you identify the behaviors you need and figure out how to put them into place. This can be a company-wide, location-specific, or team-focused mandate. The leadership team is engaged in addressing behaviors.
When looking at culture from the bottom up, you identify a specific issue that needs to be resolved and change behaviors to fix it. The focus in this case is on operational improvement.