Great minds don’t necessarily think alike, they think together.
How many times have you heard someone say you should just set aside your differences and move on? I suggest that bringing our differences to the table is an opportunity to create something that is new and better than we ever imagined.
We tend to be quite content when someone shares our vision,thoughts, and ideas. While it’s a great feeling to be “on the same page” as everyone else in the room, it does little to expand our thinking beyond our immediate comfort zone.
Embracing our differences creates the opportunity to step outside the box and to create something that is greater than ourselves. I continue to be amazed by people outside of a given discipline who present ideas that are uninhibited by preconceived notions or specific expertise that would cause them to be suppressed.
Even more intriguing is the synergy that is created when great minds come together and create something that neither could have conceived as individuals. A lean culture is one where creativity is continually stimulated and permitted to flourish, all the while remaining focused on that ever elusive vision.
Often times resistance to change serves to improve and reinforce its necessity.
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We are still working on our Differentiation Strategies and OEE series. We decided to share just a glimpse of what we have found to be a uniquely evolved infrastructure within the Excel Development community.
For the many Excel – VBA experts that continue to use our Excel Pages as a resource and reference for top notch sites, we have added yet another great site to our list. Rob Van Gelder’s site serves as an excellent source for some practical VBA solutions that may enhance the development of your next project.
How does this apply to differentiation? Although each of the recommended sites present some common areas of interest, they also have identified a niche purpose within the Excel community. Even the casual visitor to these sites will note that the efforts within this community are both collaborative and complementary.
While our focus is Agile-Lean Manufacturing with a core focus on Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), even we have managed to contribute to the Excel community in our own unique way.
This open system creates an open working environment that is unparalleled in the manufacturing community. Complementary business models with a common purpose, a mutual respect for the talents of others, and a sense of humility that keeps everyone wanting and willing to help.
As lean practitioners, we continue to find answers where we least expected them.