So let’s tackle this head on. Why are most lean training programs around the world unsuccessful in creating the 360-culture change that executive’s dream of. Our global track record is terrible. It is estimated that around 70% of executives describing their company attempts at implementing a lean culture as ‘failing to meet expectations’

We want to implement lean; we know we must implement; yet we fail to make lean stick.

I too am guilt of this. Early in my career as a lean consultant the majority of my attempts at creating lasting changes failed to achieve the desired results I was seeking. Yes, we made some progress, but we far too easily slipped back into the old way of doing things

I feel I have let myself down. I feel I have let down those I wanted to help. This is not a good feeling. There has to be another way. There has to be something that I am missing. There has to be something that works. There is.

I started to ask myself a better question ‘what do the successful lean training programs do differently?’ After immersing myself in thousands of hours of study, and working directly with some of the worlds greatest lean sensei’s, and after spending years experimenting on myself and teaching others to do their own experiments, I eventually figured out that there is a solution to making lean stick. Lean transformations do not have to be so difficult. Your lean training program in the Philippines can avoid all these common mistakes if you ensure you focus on making sure one thing happens very well.

What I have discovered is that a lean transformation can be made easy if you leverage the science of how our brains create habits. Once something becomes a habit, it essentially becomes almost automatic, happening with little or no effort on your side. It is estimated that more than 40% of the actions we perform every day are not actually decisions that we make but habits that happen without us even thinking about them.

“We are what we repeatedly do.

Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

— Aristotle

That’s what all successful lean training program around the world and in the Philippines do differently: Great lean consultants help teams identify the keystone activities that they need to practice on a daily basis and give them the formula to transform these new activities into new habits.

They understand all the critical factors that determine if an activity becomes a habit or not. When you and I are successful at making lean stick, we are already using this method. When you and I are not successful, we are simply not using it.

So, it’s simple, right?

The way to successfully implement lean training in your company in the Philippines is knowing the science of habit change, but more importantly, knowing how to use it to create your own changes. So before you invest in any lean training with your team in the Philippines – demand that your trainer answers these questions

  • “How are we going to make sure this lean training will stick?”
  • “How are we going to ensure our lean training program does not make the same mistakes as others?”
  • “How are we going to ensure our team create new habits?”
“Motivation gets you started; habit gets you there.”
— Zig Ziglar