Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Impossible Dream

There a many times traveling on the lean journey that we get frustrated, worn down and tired. The journey is not an easy one when face day after day with naysayers and harsh critics that cling mightily to the status quo and it’s illusion of security. We face a constant struggle as change agents in seeking zero defects, zero accidents, on-time delivery in the most efficient method possible on a journey that never ends.

It would be easy to just give up and go home rationalizing in our weary minds that at least we gave it a good shot. Most practical, rational leaders might think that way. Maybe we settle too easy in compromise. Perhaps we think it is an impossible dream.

But as lean thinkers we know there is no limit to the world of possibilities with the power of kaizen. We know that developing leaders and empowering others is the right way. We know that in face of adversity we build our character, our strength. We may fall down but we find the courage to get back up. We dream the impossible dream.

Impossible Dream Music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion
To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest, to follow that star
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far
To fight for the right, without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell for a heavenly cause

And I know if I'll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star!

The video clip was one of my favorite versions of this song, sung by the extraordinary and incredible Jim Nabors (playing the role of Gomer Pyle on the TV series I loved watching as a kid). He has one of the finest and most amazing voices in the world!

For all the lean change agents, keep fighting and reaching the unreachable!

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