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The Lean Machine by Dantar P. OOSTERWAL

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CHAPTER 1

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Working Hard

No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris . . . [because] no known motor can run at the requisite speed for four days without stopping.

Orville Wright

I returned to my office after lunch and noticed the message light on my phone was on. No surprise—it seemed to always take at least an hour in the morning and another hour after lunch to get through all of my messages. I picked up the receiver, punched in the password to my voicemail and settled in for what was sure to be a long review of messages. The first message was from Gene, my manager: “Guys, listen to the attached message from the boss.” Gene was passing ...

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