It’s funny how at times we are able to see parallels in different aspects of our life. I was talking with an old friend who has recently retired. He told me that he knew it was time when he had climbed a ladder and struggled to get down. I instantly laughed and thought… that’s just the opposite of "I’ve fallen and I can’t get up". While it’s not meant to be funny, it made me think.
Okay Scott… what does that have to do with Lean Six Sigma?? I’m glad you asked… How often do we look at our various dilemmas and situations and think we have the solution only to embark upon the journey to find out oops, I need help. Something in the business has “fallen and now you can’t get up”. The manly thing to do is say we are going to do this on our own, and it may actually be admirable and appear to be cost effective. But remember something; who was in charge while this condition developed over time? I guess it’s like a doctor operating on themselves. Not something that you would recommend even though they are very qualified.
In order to get up, it is best to get some help from someone that has not fallen down, and certainly not down with you (within the organization) that keeps telling you “we can do this, we just have to work harder”. I’m not saying that you need MAMTC (but you might). You should not attempt to do it ALL on your own. It is always good to have a fresh set of eyes or a second opinion around to help you see what you have become blind to.
Remember, it is not always what you see that knocks you down; it’s what you don’t see that might knock you out. It’s up to you; it’s your business. You can get some help or you can try to get up on your own.
The same level of knowledge that has gotten you to where you are will not take you to where you want to go. If it could, you would already be there… wouldn’t you? Continue to seek out help, and support others as we try to make Continuous Improvement a way of life and a habit.