Our journey has taught us that successful Lean implementation and sustainability requires both the science of change management and the art of human interaction to achieve a lasting impact. We hope to serve as a proving ground for the convergence of Lean practices with people-centered leadership to create a more inspirational model of Lean.
It has become our belief that Lean tools can only rise above the limitations of traditional manufacturing methods when accompanied by the passionate engagement of people at every level of the organization. Embracing a culture of Lean leadership involves the way we communicate, celebrate and empower our associates just as much as how we define standardized work and facilitate value stream mapping. We truly engage our team members through daily touch meetings, reflective listening and proposal of new improvements through the L3 process.
Our L3 vision is founded on the belief that people are the experts and that it is our leadership responsibility to encourage, empower and equip them to make the changes that positively impact their work environments. We use the term responsible freedom to describe a bias to take action and improve the entire process for all stakeholders. We believe that our ongoing journey to engage our team members in the development of a more meaningful approach to our work is essential to the creation of a challenging, rewarding and sustainable future for each of us.
This journey is one that we owe to our team members to provide them with a future by strengthening our competitive position in the marketplace by enhancing our ability to meet our customers’ needs. Too often, associates encounter traditional management methods that restrict their ability to share their gifts and lead to frustration. Utilizing the Lean tools, we identify the root cause of process breakdowns, removing frustration and enhancing fulfillment.