Gravity and the speed of light – these are a few of the classic fundamental constants in the world of physics. They are universal and constant. They are known and measurable.
My evolving hypothesis: There are specific fundamental constants that an individual must possess/nurture/practice in order to lead a successful management system transformation. They are universal and constant. They are known and measurable.
What’s the problem? The problem is that a persistent and significant gap exists in the “lean” implementation arena. We know it’s there. We see the effects of it daily.
The gap is the space between traditional leadership styles/behaviors and the thinking/personal requirements, i.e. the fundamental constants required for leading a lean transformation.
Here are the five fundamental constants. As I continue to learn, these may morph, grow or shrink over time. As of today, when I encounter a leader that has closed the gap referenced above, these five are present and active:
Willingness – We must start with willingness; willingness to change; willingness to learn; willingness to thinking differently
Humility – Having perfect awareness of one’s own limits; knowing what you don’t know and seeking to learn the truth of others
Curiosity – From knower to learner; allowing ideas, experiments, solutions to emerge from the community itself rather than trying to impose them upon
Discipline – Self-discipline; training oneself for personal improvement; the correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement
Perseverance – To continue trying to do something even though it is difficult; continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failures, and opposition
In my next five postings, I’ll dive a little deeper into each of these.
In spirit of learning, I would love to hear your thoughts. Agree? Disagree? What am I missing?