By Jon Miller | Post Date: February 10, 2010 1:12 PM | Comments: 9
There are an increasing number successful lean six sigma initiatives within city, county and state governments. Within the United States federal government, how many people would you guess have a true understanding of lean management? How about the realities of competing internationally as a manufacturing company? How about the challenges of running a small business? How about going to the shop floor every morning to listen to the creative ideas and solutions to problems from the people who work for them? Even if you add these up I guarantee you it's a small, lonely number.
Paul Akers has been talking about starting a "lean revolution" in this country on his radio talk show The American Innovator, and now we have a better idea of how he intends to do that: by representing the people of Washington State as their Senator. If you've tuned in or listened to the recordings of his shows so far you've gotten a pretty good sense of who Paul is. I'm jazzed that he's doing this.
Conservative blogger Doug Parris writing for The Reagan Wing was not so jazzed when he asked What was Dick Morris thinking? in response to Paul Akers rocketing on to the political scene out of seemingly nowhere. With an understandable amount of skepticism and a notable touch of sarcasm blogger Doug Parris writes:
1. Dick Morris announced Akers' candidacy out of nowhere in Classic "Anointed One" style.
Admittedly I have no idea what much of the first paragraph means. All I know is that Paul is a genuine guy who stepped from outside of the political area into it, and perhaps that looks completely bizarre to some. It wouldn't be appropriate for me to comment about what I know regarding #1 and #2, but as far as #3 and the "over-the-top" testimonials, I wrote one of them and stand by it. It's a shame that more political candidates either don't have the courage, the friends or the good judgment to ask for the people who know them best to say a few words of support. As for #4, Paul's senate campaign website now clearly articulates his positions. By adding "(God save us.)" to the end of #6 the blogger seems to be saying that addressing the challenge of inefficiency in government is a very bad thing. I'm intrigued by this opinion, but couldn't disagree more.
If we define efficiency as how well a system converts inputs into outputs, or how little waste exists within a system, the only way this can be bad is if that system is evil. Increasing the efficiency of how our government spends our tax money towards providing services, security, education and opportunity would seem to be only a good thing. Perhaps putting quotation marks on words such as white knight, partisanship and efficiency give them different meanings than their common English use.
The blogger Doug Parris then concludes:
Paul loves the United States and will make a great U.S. Senator. He is far from ignorant of what goes on in the rest of the world. He has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia, learning eagerly from people and professionals he meets wherever he goes. Paul's candidacy is much more than a numbers game for the Republicans to capitalize on voter dissatisfaction with the status quo in order to win the majority of the Senate during this midterm election. The time was right for Paul to run, and by coincidence this may have suited the plans of the likes of Dick Morris to engineer a plan to win back the senate. Good for Dick, but Paul Akers' impact will reach much farther and longer than this election.
Paul is the founder and president of FastCap, a product development company that most of us would recognize as a prime example of lean manufacturing. He practices respect for people and continuous improvement. He has been practicing for years and coaching his own team. Now it's time for Paul to play in the big leagues and coach a bigger team: the United States Senate.Comments are moderated to filter spam and inappropriate content. There may be a delay before your comment is published.