How to work Lean in an unwilling environment? When you know it, I appreciate your tips and tricks, for sometimes, I find it very hard to achieve any progress and improvement at all. Still, giving up is not in my nature.
In one of my working environments, I found out quickly that continuous improvement was not wanted at all, and that input from employees was not what the middle and lower management was looking for. Why? I truly do not know. It may has something to do with hierarchy, or with doing the things as they are always done, or maybe because the middle and lower management was afraid of any possible consequences.
My own ‘strategy’ in these environments is to improve my own style and way of working, and to share knowledge. I ask a lot of ‘why’ questions and participate in work groups for continuous improvements. Most of all, I encourage others to approach the work with the same attitude without any force, I show my colleagues my improvements and achievements without bragging about it, and I never mention I am trying to work Lean.
Start small, keep low profile and led it spread like oil on water is what works best for me, even though I do not like to work this way. However, sometimes, it is the result that counts, not the way to it. For every improvement is as important as the way to achieve this.