To truly go green, businesses must first become lean
aN orGaNIzaTIoN’s respect for with a strategically planned effort not be sustained within an organiza-
an appropriate use of all resources and the right set of analytical and tion that does not embrace a lean
with which it comes in contact, or implementation tools, these wastes Have a hard-hitting stance on a New Jersey business issue? If you are a platform.
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however, in order to truly be green, tiveness, cost of delivery and, sub- tions are embracing lean in record
organizations must first be mindful sequently, customer value are dra- always fixed on continuous improve- tive use. recycling is to maximize a numbers — from the manufacturers
of what it is to be lean. matically improved. ment and innovation, lean affords us resource by using and reusing every eager to deploy lean production to
when executives assess their regardless of an organization’s more organizational effectiveness, bit of it so that nothing is wasted. the services businesses seeking lean
organizations through a lean lens, size, industry, number of employees greater employee morale and reten- The relationship between green administration.
they have the opportunity to create or whether it is delivering services or tion, and increased customer value. and lean is not particularly compli- we’ve known for decades
a workplace whereby all resources products to its customers, its inter- Imagine your own organization. cated. For an organization to be truly that our focus needed to shift to
— energy, tangibles, nal environment must be what would happen if, department a greener way of living. Unfortu-
processes, systems and lean, or its cost to deliver by department, you identified and nately, the green movement was
human capital — are its products or services is implemented operational practices With an eye always not widely embraced until not
maximized without greater than it has to be — to increase efficiency and productiv- being green began to have an eco-
a strain on the work and that’s waste. ity, leveraged your people to their
fixed on continuous nomic impact. The same goes for
environment. It is Lean is often mis- highest and best use, eliminated improvement and lean: The concept of lean busi-
these companies that takenly used synony- nonvalue-added activity, increased innovation, lean affords ness has been around for years, but
are better prepared to mously with cost-cut- process capacity, decreased the time us more organizational many have casually nodded at it, as
employ the more tra- ting, downsizing, or lapse for work in process, and mini- though it was just the latest trend
ditionally identified stretching personnel or mized errors and rework?
effectiveness, greater in the long line of how-to manage-
green or sustainable systems to capacity. In From an environmental per- employee morale and ment philosophies.
practices, because they Angela S. Calzone reality, lean has little to spective, there is little left to dispute retention, and increased But now, it’s apparent that both
have a core under- do with “less,” except for about the need to be green. we sim- customer value. going lean and green are not only the
standing of sustainability from the less inefficiency, waste and cost of ply cannot sustain our resources and, right things to do, sooner than later
inside out. delivery. Practicing lean business frankly, our humanity if we don’t together they will become a necessi-
The lean philosophy identifies allows an organization to focus on make significant changes in the ways ty and an operational imperative. u
several organizational wastes: wait- maximizing work flow efficiency, in which we conduct ourselves. con- green cannot simply mean solar roof -----------------------------------------
ing, over-production, rework, exces- minimize time delays and leverage servation, by definition, is to mini- panels, sensor water faucets, energy- Angela S. Calzone is president of Mor-
sive motion, over-processing, excess the talents of its people. mize waste and save resources for saving light bulbs and a rigorous ris Plains-based Change & Response
inventory and underused talent. Lean is more. with an eye their most appropriate and effec- recycling program. Green itself can- Strategies LLC.
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