Setting the Vision in a Lean Organisation

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In this article we continue to explore what leaders should focus on when when it comes to setting the vision for a lean organisation.

As a leader, one of the most important responsibilities is to set the vision for the organisation. This vision should encompass how lean principles benefit all stakeholders, including customers, employees, suppliers, the business, and the community at large.

Creating a seamless and transparent environment

The first step in setting the vision is to create an environment that is open and transparent. This environment should be focused on growth, learning, and improvement. It should flow like a torrent – seamlessly allowing for innovation, experimentation, and the sharing of ideas.

By creating this type of environment, employees will feel safe and valued, encouraging them to actively participate in the lean process. They will contribute their unique perspectives and insights to create a more aligned vision.

To achieve this, processes must be designed to encourage collaboration and communication, allowing for a free exchange of ideas and feedback. In turn, these processes should be supported by a Lean daily management system that turns insights into activity.

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Connecting everyone with a shared purpose

Leaders must ensure that everyone within the organisation is connected with a shared sense of purpose and objectives. This means that employees should understand how their work contributes to the overall vision of the organisation.

By creating a shared understanding of the goals and objectives, employees are more likely to feel motivated and engaged, leading to increased productivity and success. Visual management tools support organisations in this strategic layer as well – not just within daily management.

Take Goal Trees on TeamAssurance for instance:

Interactive connected goal trees on TeamAssurance
A highly visual, interactive platform helps our people better connect to the bigger picture. We can easily see how the vision filters down into distinct activities, how these connect to each other – plus we can see how we’re progressing in real-time.

Taking this a step further, we can embed these vision-tied goals into our tier boards to make direction and progress visible at regular cadences. Take the below example of a robust Tier 1 Board with visual reports for key functions front and centre:

Tier 1 Board

Setting the vision by prioritising customer satisfaction

When we talk about ‘engaging all stakeholders‘ in strategy development, often the customer is overlooked. Looking solely inwards at our teams is like tying one hand behind our back when it comes to improvement. Customer satisfaction should be a key consideration for any organisation delivering a product / service. They need to be taken into account when setting the vision.

By prioritising customer needs we can expose barriers to achieving those desires within our processes. In turn, the organisation can increase customer loyalty and retention, leading to increased revenue and growth.

After all, when customers feel prioritised and valued, they are more likely to remain loyal to the organisation, leading to increased revenue and growth over time. It is essential to gather feedback from customers regularly. Use that feedback to make continuous improvements to the customer experience and the way we conduct our business.

Setting the Vision is One Element within the C.I Framework Not Locally Optimised ‘Islands’

For effective vision-setting and communication we must ensure that all our systems are focused on alignment of everyone. Lean tools like standardised problem solving techniques, documentation, A3 Templates, and a Tiered Daily Management process that supports our PDCA cycles are key to ongoing success..

The image below demonstrates how the we built TeamAssurance to avoid locally optimised, disconnected ‘Point Solutions’ (digital or analog) that can hinder your organisation’s strategy development and deployment goals.

TeamAssurance Connected Systems Chart

If you’re an organisation in need (or a consultant with clients in need) and you’d like to explore the strategic opportunities that digital-aids to Lean tools provide – contact us for a demonstration of the TeamAssurance platform today.

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