Principles of war in process improvement
Throughout history some of the finest examples of leadership has been shown by generals who achieved victory often at great odds. Time and time again their success rested on following certain principles. You can use those same principles for victory when improving operational processes.
As Lean Six Sigma professionals we have our own battle, the fight to eliminate our arch-enemy – TIM WOODS. He is the joker to our batman and the true face of evil in our operational processes. So, if we are attempting to find, engage, and ultimately eliminate TIM WOODS it is logical we should follow the same principles as military commanders. This is the first in a daily series of essays that will analyze each of the 12 principles of war and how we (Lean Six Sigma belts) can and do use various methods as to not violate them.
Quick background: The principles of war go back thousands of years to Sun Tzu (500 BC China). Many additions and revisions have occurred over the centuries including a book published in 1812 by Prussian general Carl von Clausewitz – which is the basis of the principles we know today. His works are still taught in military academies around the world today.
You should also be aware that in addition to following the principles there are “force multipliers” which can dramatically improve your odds of success. They include things like optimism, excellent communications, creativity, confidence, and alliances to name a few.
Hope you enjoy a little summer Lean Six Sigma reading and see you in the Gemba.