Thursday, January 2, 2014

Lean Thinking & the EU Crisis

by Pascal Dennis

Here's another splendid HBR piece by the excellent Michael Jacobides.

Jacobides argues that the EU's educational establishment is doing a terrible disservice to its youth.

Europe's young people, he tells us, are, in effect, being educated for unemployment.

They are not learning skills critical to the 21C economy -- critical thinking, practical problem solving, teamwork.

These are core Lean thinking skills, of course. I would add a few more:
  • Value & waste
  • Visual management
  • Standardized work,
  • Basic flow & pull, and
  • Strategy Deployment

That, collectively, is a curriculum a lot of people could get behind, no?

Well done, Dr. Jacobides.

Best regards,


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