What’s Holding Back Lean? [the broken link was removed] by Lauren Gibbons Paul (via Got Boondoggle – another new Lean blog):
Responding to profit imperatives, many companies are concentrating only on reducing costs rather than looking to lean as a source of greater efficiencies
3. Emphasis on imagery rather than real work
Compared to their Japanese peers, U.S. management is too focused on the trappings of a lean initiative, such as slogans, launch parties and classes, rather than rolling up their sleeves and figuring out how to improve actual processes, says Womack.
After reading the articles take a new look at Deming’s 14 Obligations of Management. There is quite a bit of similarity.