Sustainable Lean Asks WIIFM
If you expect the members of your organization to attend training and buy into lean concepts then you'd be wise to answer the question of "What's In It For Me?" as soon as possible. Engagement at every level is key to the understanding and respect required to grow lean organically in your organization. Without respect you cannot empower your team to recognize their own potential and that of the greater group. The basic respect of recognizing the need to provide benefit to the individual is a core principal of Sustainable Lean.
Some of the best stories and compliments we recieve from people that have attended our courses come in the form of how they taught a family member something at home they learned during their work day at lean training. From a 5S event with the family to a family garage equipped with lean visual controls for tools and outdoor items. We know our training impacts individuals far beyond the workplace. Lean thinking is pervasive in every aspect of your life once you understand the tools and respect required to implement Sustainable Lean!
Think of your team as your client. Do they remember the 10 great projects or the one failure? Too many in business environments simply recognize lean as "having a clean desk". Lean is not intended to be a weapon used against employees. At this point many organizations must overcome a "Poor Lean Image" by re-engaging staff with proper training and most of all RESPECT! Lean is a culture implemented in concert across the organization to reach and sustain common goals.