When It Comes to Lean, Respect is an Integral Part of the System

Toyota Lean Continuous Improvement Respect

The two key Pillars of the Toyota Production System are defined as "Continuous Improvement" and "Respect." Over the years, tools, techniques and principles have been shaped, documented and attempted to be implemented to bring about Continuous Improvement to deliver previously unattainable performance outcomes.
 
Our workplace environment is so much more than the systems we have in place. The fuel we apply to these systems is what makes them function to the best of their ability or not. If you put the wrong fuel type into an engine - the engine will fail. Does this mean the engine doesn't work? Of course not. Yet, so many organizations approach Lean implementation this way.
 
So what about "respect?" How does this feature in a systematic implementation of a methodology such as Lean?

Coaching Practice Lead for Spitfire, Stephen Manley, discusses this in the Pittsburgh Technology Council magazine: http://pghtechfuse.com/made-in-pa/comes-lean-respect-integral-part-system/

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