Almost every mission statement, value statement or company report in today organizations indicated Employees are “Our Best Resource or Asset, We want innovation and Input from all our team members, etc”. Think of all the staff meeting we attend from middle management to executive management. Just how many times has this topic be a main agenda item for these team to ask, how do we have to change to make these statement true, what policies and procedures should change to support this mission or goal.
Remember, Lean is about providing a system and set of tool for the team members of all functions to engage together for continuous improvement. This take a lot of executive attention and time. Few have the will.
Good Luck On Your Lean Journey