We all know that Lean is not supposed to be just about “cutting back” on expenses and reducing headcount. We know that lean is really about increasing customer satisfaction by concentrating on those things which deliver value to our customers. We know that Lean is designed to be a revenue and profit maximization strategy.
Of course it’s quite easy to “spout off” about lean and being customer centric when times are good and business is flowing in the front door like cold air on a windy day. But, what about now? What about getting lean in this economic stagnation? Has your “lean strategy” changed over the past several months?
This downturn is severe enough that some businesses are bailing the red ink as quickly as possible and others are more in a mode of spending restraint. The pending economic stimulus package is reputed to offer relief to certain types of businesses while others will not likely feel any direct benefit.
There are certain aspects of the package that are reputed to be green oriented or designed to encourage the development of green practices and strategies within the world of business and commerce. Do you see any opportunity in the green aspects of the stimulus package that could reinforce your more traditional lean strategies?
If lean, is indeed green, then this may well be a giant opportunity for all of us. We may well be on the cusp of a very positive era that only looks to be so awful because it only offers opportunities that are so different from our comfortable past.
Do you see any opportunities now that are there as a result of this downturn?