Lean without Respect is Simply Command and Control Management
In order to align the goals of an organization the leadership must commit to the sustainment of lean in a manner that seeks input from individuals and rewards participation at all levels. This engagement starts with respect for the individual. Once the respect is established your team can truly learn about the strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities you face together. Lean enables a voice to hear the perspecitve of each individual, group and how they can mesh into common goals for the organization.
Without a destination in mind any port in a storm seems fit! Lean can benefit an organization in many ways. Lean can exist at the individual, department or organization wide. The effectiveness is directly related to the level of engagement across the organization. In a truly lean organization waste is recognized, analyzed, and team members are engaged to reduce the waste utilizing any combination of lean common tools.