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Ade also said that “By designing processes to increase material and information flow, the velocity at which the materials move through the system to generate revenue vastly improves while using the same or fewer resources. The resulting operational improvements of cost, quality, delivery, productivity, and safety can then be leveraged to gain market share, increase profits, and increase customer and shareholder satisfaction.”
Ade pointed out that “Lean is not about cutting staff and resources. Instead, it is about:
· • Focusing people’s efforts creating value for the customer and eliminating waste.
· • Speeding up the operation by eliminating idle time created by paperwork and bureaucracy.”
Ade told a story about a friend by saying “A friend of mine asked a great question in response to one of my recent Lean books. His question was in essence how do you keep Lean initiatives moving ahead and not going the way of another flavour of the month program. We have all seen managers with the best intentions launch new initiatives that were supposed to be the wave of the future only to see them fizzle out after a few weeks or months. Lean initiatives are no different. Many organizations have tried Lean and either abandon it completely or don’t take it very far. So what makes the difference between companies that tried Lean and those that are leading the pack?”
Ade answered the above question by saying “A successful launch of Lean is in some respects like getting lean with one’s weight. There are no quick fixes. There are no easy solutions and it takes work. You cannot make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight then go back to your old habits after a few weeks or months and expect to stay Lean. It takes discipline over the long haul.”
Ade spent a lot of his time representing various companies either at supply chain level, operational level, sales and marketing level, and senior executive level across Asia, North America, Africa, Eastern and Western Europe.
Ade is currently the CEO of AA Global Sourcing Ltd. A company that helps local businesses outsource so that they can enjoy the benefits that used to be enjoyed by big corporations for years.
All this still doesn’t make mention of Ade’s increasingly successful career as an author, of numerous books on Finance, Business Ideas, Personal Development, Self help, Outsourcing, Lean Manufacturing, Agile and Lean Office, Lean Office, Six Sigma, Lean Startup, Lean Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Lean Implementation, Green Manufacturing, Real estate and Online Marketing.
Finally Ade said “If you try to drive a wood screw using a hammer, the result is going to be disappointing. If you try to use a trenching machine without proper training and safety equipment, you are likely to cut off your foot. So it is with the Lean tools; one needs to have the right tool for each application and be adept at using the tool properly to enjoy the benefits.”