As business leaders you may have heard of the term LEAN, as it relates to manufacturing. However, that’s a limited view of what is possible by embracing the lean concepts across different industries. 

There are 8 lean principles that businesses follow to truly help them transform and embark on a journey of growth; continuous improvement, optimizing the whole, eliminating waste, building quality in, fast delivery, creating knowledge, deferring irreversible decisions, and respecting people are the key principles that will allow your business to have an everlasting evolution! 

Paul Akers has written many books such as 2 Second Lean, Lean Health, Lean Life, and Lean Travel. In Banish Sloppiness, Paul Akers refers to himself as fanatical about lean and is an incredible representation of what thinking at that level looks like. Click the link to access his free digital books. 

The 8 Deadly Wastes in Paul’s Manufacturing Facility are: Overproduction, Transportation, Excessive Inventory, Defects and Reworks, Over Processing, Wasted Motion, Waiting Time, and Wasted Employee Potential. Learning these principles help us to realize and improve our daily habits and to be in a constant pursuit of excellence. 

In our firm we are exploring and deepening our understanding on how we can “banish sloppiness” and share our learning with our business, colleagues, and community. Join us on this journey as we uncover and discover ways to engage in a constant and never ending pursuit of excellence by learning to live these lean principles ourselves.  

We were deeply inspired by the work of Paul Akers and his company FastCap and we are taking this to heart as a part of our strategic direction going forward. 

Our firm is focused on having an inquisitive mindset, one that’s embracing this journey inside of quality, respect and fun! We are just at the beginning of this journey and we want to share it with you. Once you’re aware of the differences it can make, you will be inspired to embrace it and you will enjoy it too! 


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About the author,

With 14 years of experience in working with small and medium sized businesses to help them grow, Doug is committed to seeing business owners thrive. Business coaching is what drives Doug.

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