Updated: May 29
There’s a story about US automobile manufacturers visiting a car factory in Japan.
The production line in Japan was exactly the same as the one in the US.
With one difference.
As the car doors were attached to the vehicle in the US, a worker would use a rubber mallet to ensure the door hinges were in place. In Japan they did not.
When this was pointed out, the Japanese hosts explained that there was no need for a rubber mallet because the doors’ design ensured a perfect fit.
Too many of us and too many organisations use rubber mallets to achieve results, when in fact a strategic, design-led and well engineered plan would achieve the precision results we are seeking.
What could you plan or engineer with more care to get the results that you need?
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