Things to Look for a LEAN leader ?

Awais

Industrial Engineer
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We are hiring a lean leader , we have a small yet a ethnically diverse team , which is strong and hardworking? What do you look for in a person to dwell and prosper in a LEAN/CI environment ? By lean environment , I mean - actual lean , in its truest form as possible. Our leadership works to achieve that .

Our Shop has a great culture , no cussing , absolute respect for each team member. We try to encourage FLOW , and Daily Management is a integral part of our processes and CI playbook.

What are some of the questions to ask , with the above aspects in consideration?
 
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RoxaneB

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Hello, Awais...

It sounds like your organization is both warm and welcoming! This is an environment many organizations strive for and it's wonderful to hear you have achieved that.

When it comes to lean and continual improvement, it goes without saying that a leader needs the technical knowledge. The challenge is finding a candidate that fits well within your organization's culture and speaks your organization's language.

By language, I mean the ability to communicate ideas in a clear, respectful, meaningful way. This is really important at any point, but even more so if your organization is just starting out on the lean journey. You need an individual who is able to clearly articulate concepts and actions with all people within your organization.

Think about a lean or continual improvement challenge your organization is currently encountering (or recently resolved). Asking the candidate how they would approach such a situation can offer you insight into how they communicate, how they think, and how they work.

If you're just starting out down the path of lean, asking the candidate about their experience in the beginning stages could offer some information. At the same time, if your organization has already started well down the path of lean, asking someone how they work with an inherited system could also be valuable - after all, do you want someone who will come in and change everything you've already done?

If you do multiple interviews with candidates and eventually reach a final few, maybe let them speak with not just leadership, but also people who work on the shop floor. If they don't connect with the candidate that could pose difficulties along your lean journey.

Hope this helps,
 
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