Progress is often a funny thing.
Sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward.
This upcoming week is a great example. Last week I Blogged about our Kaizen events. Our first one starts Monday. We are pulling five key team members out of production for the entire week. It goes against everything we do. A step back. We are confident the gains we will make from the event and will repay the investment many times over.
The following week our consultant arrives to officially begin our transition to AS9100. It will take a great deal of time and effort on everyone’s part to make this a reality. Time away from our normal responsibilities. Again one step back to move forward.
Recently we lost some key members of our support team. Several people have rallied together to pick up the pieces. It forced us to critically look at some of our processes and make needed changes. In the long-term it will make us leaner and more efficient with a greater emphasis on what we do, make springs. In the short run everyone has to scramble to maintain. Another step back to move forward.
Progress is never a linear thing. It forces temporary detours and sometimes creates alternative routes you weren’t aware existed. It’s a journey. The key is to stay focused on the destination. Our president, Cheryl has a clear vision of our destination and shares it with the entire team.
There are two things essential during our journey. We must always stay focused on our final destination. Everyone must have a clear vision of what things will look like when we get there. Staying focused will help us to take the correct turns through the detours. In addition to staying focused, we need to keep our eyes and minds opened and enjoy the journey itself. As in any trip, unique opportunities will present themselves along the way. You never expected to pass the worlds largest ball of yarn on your trip but who could pass that up. We have to be opened to the unexpected opportunities that may show up on our journey. It’s important to keep your eye on your final destination but not with blinders on.
We’ve packed our bags and loaded up on coffee and snacks for the journey. 75 Years and counting.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to warm the car up.