Here’s a quick trick to stay focused on an area you’re looking to improve.
Let’s say you’re interested in improving the sustainability of your 5S process. One way to do this is to go the gemba (where the work is done) and find something done right. For example, maybe during your walk you find a tool placed properly on a shadow board or you see someone from your team replacing some worn out floor tape. It can be any improvement. The challenge however is that we all get caught up in other duties throughout the day even though we know getting out to the gemba is critical to sustainability.
Here’s a trick to keep you focused. Start each day with three pennies in your left front pocket. Each time you go out to the gemba and find something being done right, move a penny from your left pocket to your right pocket. By the end of the day all three pennies should be in your right pocket. If towards the end of the day you haven’t moved them all to your right pocket then don’t leave the building until you’ve followed through and found something done right.
This trick can be used for anything you’re trying to improve upon – drinking 3 glasses of water a day, thanking people, reaching out to customers, etc. And, it doesn’t have to pennies, you can use anything that has some meaning to you. Go ahead try it out and let me know how it works out for you.
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