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Wise Words By Taichi Ohno

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”no” hundred_percent_height=”no” hundred_percent_height_scroll=”no” hundred_percent_height_center_content=”yes” equal_height_columns=”no” menu_anchor=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”center center” background_repeat=”no-repeat” fade=”no” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ video_mp4=”” video_webm=”” video_ogv=”” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_loop=”yes” video_mute=”yes” video_preview_image=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” padding_top=”” padding_right=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=””][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ layout=”1_1″ spacing=”” center_content=”no” link=”” target=”_self” min_height=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”left top” background_repeat=”no-repeat” hover_type=”none” border_size=”0″ border_color=”” border_style=”solid” border_position=”all” padding=”” dimension_margin=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_offset=”” last=”no”][fusion_text]One of the great things about my travels around NZ is the time I seemed to have gained whilst sitting on planes and in airport lounges to do some reading.

 

One recent enjoyable read, the updated version of Taichii Ohno’s book on Workplace Management, which has recently been brought up to date by Jon Miller.

 

For those of you that are looking for a little inspiration in regards to your life, be it personal or workplace, give this book a second look.

 

I recall it being a great read, the first time I read it back in the early nineties, and nothing has changed.

 

One of my favourite chapters in where Ohno’ comments on how Managers seem to have a problem in admitting their wrong. He stresses that people who stick to their guns regardless of the results, just because they do not wish to lose face in front of their subordinates.

 

Unfortunately this is a common experience for me, I see this all too often in my work and it has caused more damage to improving the culture than not.

 

Ohno continues with the simple advice, if you were wrong in your plans, change them and admit you were wrong. If people see that you had the humility to admit errors, they were more than likely to respect and admire you.

 

So my conclusion is also simple, when you get it wrong, admit it and sit down with your co workers to find a new plan.

 

This of course is also embodied in PDCA thinking, which serves Lean thinkers well too.

 

Those who continue to push their plans through regardless of others and in defiance of the customer, should beware![/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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