Before you start on any change process like Lean you have to understand yourself and what you want. You have to focus on one thing that is important. Understanding and experiencing the change yourself is the only path to become a good change agent. Thus the focus is changing you.
The changes that need to be done in most organizations, big or small, are of almost revolutionary nature. If you do not prepare yourself for the war you will be destroyed the first day you set foot into the battle.
The changes that will take or should take place are not merely physical. You have to prepare yourself to change the way people behave and think. Changing the way you behave and think may need to be changed. For this you need to have an open mind. We had previously discussed the exercise to clear your mind here. This readies you to learn new things.
The next step is learning how to simplify and minimize.
“Perfection is achieved ,not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away” – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” – Leonardo Da Vinci
Did that thought worry you? Are you afraid of letting go something? This is exact same fear going through the minds of people you are trying to change. As leader you have to understand the psychology to be more effective change agent. The core of lean is about understanding what is of value and what is not. You should practice it in your daily life and work before you start preaching it to others.
So what do you think should be minimized and simplified?