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The business philosophy of lean manufacturing is all about optimizing a company’s workflow in order to maximize productivity. In the same way losing weight is all about exercising and cutting calorie intake, lean manufacturing focuses on reducing waste and innovating the way your team works.
Now, since the lean system is geared more towards hardcore production, it’s important to note that the system truly has no bounds. It can be applied to both your sales and marketing efforts.
The only “catch” lies in how your company is structured and your team’s willingness to be empowered. A well-established, top-down leadership is crucial to rearrange the work patten to which your team is accustomed. Having a manager that is well-respected, energetic and eager to apply a lean approach to business is the perfect combination that will make employees less apprehensive and more interested.
In the spirit of lean production, these managers can facilitate brainstorming sessions that can lead to game-changing suggestions and solutions. The more open a discussion becomes, the wider the window of opportunity grows.
Originally written by Karen Lellock for NIST-MEP's Manufacturing Innovation Blog.
By Lauralyn McDaniel, Industry Manager--Medical Manager, Innovation Watch, MicroManufacturing, Medical Manufacturing Innovations SME
Growth in the manufacturing sector will happen, especially for California manufacturers who prepare to grow, practice continuous improvement throughout the organization and most important, embrace innovation.
To highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation's economy and draw attention to the many rewarding high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields, a group of public and private organizations announced the launch of Manufacturing Day for October 5, 2012.