Monday, February 13, 2006

Needs a Good Home

A place for everything and everything in its place is the motto of 5-S. The muda of searching for items and the added frustration after a lengthy hunt can be eliminated by following this principle. To follow this deceptively simple principle can be a challenge.

All it takes is organization (establishing a home), communication (letting everyone know where is home) and discipline ( putting it back after use). The hardest of the three is usually the discipline portion of the equation. We tend to let our bad behaviors and old habits get in the way of change. We can also rationalize that we will put it back later because something important just came up. With training, persistence, and following up, we can overcome these old habits. If you show that this is important, it will become important to others.

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