ALIGN: Identify True North Goals

During this phase, we help you determine your organization direction towards your unique “True North” vision and goals. Once you know these things, we help you create
a roadmap and timeline for success.

Many companies begin their journey with Lean by focusing on lean fundamentals like 5S, Visual Management, and maybe a few kaizen events here and there with good success. While this may be an effective approach for getting some early engagement and visibility of Lean across the organization, sustaining momentum this way is a huge challenge. Another thing we see very often is companies searching for their next lean project to meet a corporate directive, for example to conduct a minimum number of kaizen events per year. You can call this “fake” Lean (or doing Lean for the sake of
doing it).

The only way a future-focused organization can avoid such traps is by achieving clarity of purpose upfront, driven by leadership and adopted by all team members across the
organization. We suggest that you think of Lean more like a strategic weapon for long-term, sustained transformation. In this phase, we help you develop precisely this

How will we know if this AWAKEN phase is successful? When your team members not only understand the fundamental concepts of Lean, but also have a taste of what success looks like for the pilot study value stream. This is what helps people stay motivated when it comes to creating enterprise-wide adoption of the transformation work.

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