Fear and ‘self’ protection is the basis of all pain and breakdown in Life, and yet, serves as the motivation for Life’s goal – to experience Love through reunion.
Life begins with Thought, seeks Action and then Reflects on those actions taken. Life’s goal is to Feel life – to feel Alive. Life is seeking to Experience Love, whereby [artificially] separate interests eventually realize that there really is a common bond, and they suddenly shift into a mode of cooperating with each other. What was [intentionally] missing is now found.
Life is “lived well” when its goal was met in each exchange of Thought->Action->Reflection. Did we share and experience with accurate perception and interpretation? Did we reflect together and seek to understand the experience through the other person’s senses? Were we completely vulnerable and willing to put US before self interests? Was the resulting feeling Love or Fear? Were the symptoms blissful or painful?
In my direct experience as an employee and a consumer, as a senior leader with responsibility as both a customer and a vendor, and since 2012 as a consultant / advisor helping entire Value-Chains to serve society better, I have detected 3 key things:
To realize accountability requires shared ownership in the desired outcomes. Please consider this logic sequence …
- Responsibility for outcomes is a choice.
- Choices that we make consciously, we own the outcomes fully.
- Direction that was set for us, involved no choice. [We actually promote unconscious behavior]
- Direction that is set for us is most often resisted. [Whether age 4 or 40, we do not like this]
- If those [set-for-us] outcomes endanger us personally, we will usually reject our own role in aiding in the group’s recovery.
Too often I see clients leveraging Lean practices primarily for cost reduction, long-term.
In the early days of Lean adoption, we do see quite a bit of opportunity to reduce costs. The risk is staying in the cost reduction mode long-term.
The real beauty of Lean is the leadership platform that it enables. Objective decisions based on solid understanding of economic trade-offs are the key to growing the organization responsibly.