“The basis of the Toyota production system is the absolute elimination of waste.”
Taiichi Ohno, Toyota Production System, 1988
As business leaders and lean practitioners, we can easily grasp the “elimination of waste” concept. It’s really common sense. What we tend to skip over and where we fall short is the “absolute” part. Absolute, meaning without limitation, total, complete, entire, infinite, full, unrestricted, unconditional, unbounded, utter, unmitigated, thorough, and wholehearted.
The absolute elimination of waste approach is one great challenge!