12.31.2008

Lean New Year’s Resolutions for a Recession

For the past two years, I have posted lists of Lean New Year’s Resolutions. The lists from 2006 and 2007 could apply to any situation. This year I decided to create a list particularly relevant to our current economic problems.

So here are my resolutions, in no particular order:

I will regard my knowledgeable, experienced employees as assets and will not lay them off when business is slow.
I will use the downturn as an opportunity to improve operations.
I will attempt to cut costs through process improvement rather than outsourcing or offshoring.
I will use the downturn as an opportunity to provide additional training to employees.
I will solicit ideas from my employees as to how we can cope with the recession.
I will seek to maintain good relations with my suppliers despite my ordering less from them.
I will communicate with my customers to find out how I can best provide them with value during difficult times.
I will use the downturn as an opportunity to expand my knowledge of lean by attending a conference.
I will use the downturn as an opportunity to expand my employees’ knowledge of lean by having them attend a conference.
(Shameless plug:) I will use the downturn to expand my knowledge of lean by reading some new lean books (and sharing them with my employees).

Add your resolutions below. Happy New Year!

13 comments:

Sal Runfola said...

Ralph, I would enhance two of yours:
After “I will solicit ideas from my employees as to how we can cope with the recession” and after “I will use the downturn as an opportunity to expand my employees’ knowledge of lean by having them attend a conference” I would add: I will empower my employees to select what they think are the best ideas for improvements and let them go do it. I will get out of their way and I will only coach and facilitate their efforts.
Sal Runfola

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