Enthusiasm for Lean
Enthusiasm for Lean

For many lean leaders and coaches a primary concern is obtaining the full engagement of everyone on a project team in lean practices. Despite best efforts at directing people toward lean behaviors universal lean buy-in has been difficult to achieve. This webinar presents knowledge about how enthusiasm for lean can be methodically generated within project teams working in the building design and construction industry.

Lean has been defined alternatively as a set of management principles, an operations strategy, or work methodology when in reality it is a very human story from which observers have developed management principles, operations strategies and work methodologies. The lean story begins with an understanding of human nature at work, the foundation for which was set by Sakichi Toyoda and his son Kiichiro. The founders of Toyota Motor established basic practices that continue to serve as a catalyst for sustained enthusiasm for both continuous improvement and ground-breaking innovation - enthusiasm that has survived several leadership generations.

The traditional way of implementing lean practices fails to tap the holistic aspects of lean as it was developed at Toyota Motor Corporation. While a focus on behavior is understandable, and it is helpful to model actions as a matter of instruction, it is important to understand the root cause of behaviors. It is these root causes that need to be addressed if we are to generate enthusiasm.

Where we can observe enthusiasm, both at Toyota and elsewhere, we see several elements at work. These elements need to be instilled on a project team, and cultivated throughout the life of the project through daily and periodic practices. These basic practices, rooted in human nature, are identifiable and can be methodically created within project teams.

This webinar introduces a rarely told history of Toyota, an understanding of the root causes of behavior, and an outline of the elements at play when there is enthusiasm for collaborative, lean work.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand the history and development of Lean philosophy
  • Understand the elements at play when there is enthusiasm for collaborative, lean work
  • Understand how to create enthusiasm for lean on a project team