Executive Briefings

Lean Is About More Muscle, Not Just Less Fat

When people are asked to define lean, as often as not the definition centers on waste. But lean isn't all about waste. It is more about building organizations than trimming them. A popular definition is "do more with less."

Ask anyone what they hear when you say that, and they will tell you the words "with less" stand out the most. Sometimes organizations cut their way to survival. But organizations never cut their way to prosperity.

The words "do more" are what's core to lean: more value for the customer, more capacity to deliver that value and more capability in the organization. It's not about less fat; it's about more muscle. That's how you build an organization capable of controlling its own destiny.

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Keywords: supply chain, supply chain management, lean practices, lean initiatives in the enterprise, lean strategies

Ask anyone what they hear when you say that, and they will tell you the words "with less" stand out the most. Sometimes organizations cut their way to survival. But organizations never cut their way to prosperity.

The words "do more" are what's core to lean: more value for the customer, more capacity to deliver that value and more capability in the organization. It's not about less fat; it's about more muscle. That's how you build an organization capable of controlling its own destiny.

Read Full Article


Keywords: supply chain, supply chain management, lean practices, lean initiatives in the enterprise, lean strategies