Chapter 5

Go Lean: Implementation Strategy, Startup, and Evolution

In This Chapter

arrow Preparing for implementation

arrow Starting the transformation

arrow Moving past the starting line

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

— Lao-tzu

As you know by now, Lean is a journey. It is not a prescription, where you follow steps 1, 2, and 3 and — voila! — you’re there. It is not a one-size-fits-all continuous-improvement methodology. Lean is like the quest for perfect health: Your pursuit is multifaceted — nutrition, exercise, rest, beliefs. It requires discipline. It’s a way of life.

No two people pursue health in exactly the same way. Each person considers how his lifestyle, age, goals, and starting point set him up for pursuit of perfect health. Each person may consult with experts to develop a plan that will work for them in the short term and over the long haul. Everyone must continuously learn about new exercise options and health trends. As all these new developments occur, each person has to discern if the new information is relevant to his personal path. Ultimately, each person’s success requires discipline, a change of mindset, and the incorporation of healthy practices. Everyday ...

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