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Lean Manufacturing Quotes

“Different isn’t always better, but better is always different”

“Waste is a tax on the whole people”

“The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking”

“Watch the little things; a small leak will sink a great ship”

‘’The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize’’

“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else”

“Your lean process should be a lean process’’

‘’There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all’’

‘’Continuous improvement is not about the things you do well – that’s work continuous improvement is about removing the things that get in the way of your work the headaches, the things that slow you down, that’s what continuous improvement is all about’’

“If you need a new process and don’t install it, you pay for it without getting it’’

“Willful waste brings woeful want”

“Amateurs work until they get it right professionals work until they can’t get it wrong”

“It is not the employer who pays the wages he only handles the money it is the product that pays the wages”

“Nature does constant value stream mapping – it’s called evolution”

“Don’t waste time learning the “tricks of the trade “instead, learn the trade”

“Time waste differs from material waste in that there can be no salvage the easiest of all wastes and the hardest to correct is the waste of time, because wasted time does not litter the floor like wasted material”

“When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves”

“A bad system will beat a good person every time”

“It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality”

“We are too busy mopping the floor to turn off the faucet”

“Waste is worse than loss the time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly the scope of thrift is limitless”

“It is more than probable that the average man could, with no injury to his health, increase his efficiency fifty percent”

“The essential question is not, “how busy are you?” but “what are you busy at?”

“A relentless barrage of “why’s” is the best way to prepare your mind to pierce the clouded veil of thinking caused by the status quo use it often”

“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency the second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency”

“Improvement usually means doing something that we have never done before”

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”

“On the bathing-tub of king t’ang the following words were engraved:”if you would one day renovate yourself, do so from day to day yea, let there be daily renovation”

“An environment where people have to think brings with it wisdom, and this wisdom brings with it kaizen [continuous improvement]”

“The impossible is often the untried”

“The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed”

“If you don’t have time to do it right you must have time to do it over”

“Ford’s success has startled the country, almost the world, financially, industrially, mechanically it exhibits in higher degree than most persons would have thought possible the seemingly contradictory requirements of true efficiency, which are:constant increase of quality, great increase of pay to the workers, repeated reduction in cost to the consumer and with these appears, as at once cause and effect, an absolutely incredible enlargement of output reaching something like one hundredfold in less than ten years, and an enormous profit to the manufacturer”

“Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings”

“He who rejects change is the architect of decay the only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery”

“Invest a few moments in thinking it will pay good interest”

“Don’t water your weeds”

“You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures”

“I don’t like a man to be too efficient he’s likely to be not human enough”

“If all efficiency experts were laid end to end – i’d be in favor of it”

“One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it”

“I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors, and i shall adopt new views so fast as they appear to be true views”

“It is better to stir up a question without deciding it, than to decide it without stirring it up”

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