I get lots of comments about applying Lean principles in a business when the economy is down and troubled. I say "Listen up people! Nothing is easy at any time but now is the time to suck it up and make your business as effective as it can be at delivery products to your customers on-time, every time."
To many business owners are focused on what is not happening in Washington DC to turn the economy around rather than trying to get their businesses prepared for when things do change. I can only give this piece of advice "Stop looking over their for solutions, they are not coming from that direction, start looking at your own business today!" Try to improve your processes by teaching your employees about how to use and implement Lean principles. Empower your employees to come to work and turn on their creativity. Allow the to finds simple ways to work smarter and not harder. The myth is that everyone will get out of trouble by working harder. Not true! People have to work smarter and only then will the magic happen in every business.