I share this image that I love, because it perfectly describes one of the greatest difficulties we encounter when making process improvements in businesses and companies.
You can find the same image in many different formats (there is one with very funny Lego figures), but all are equally true.
The image is quite self-descriptive. All companies have, to a greater or lesser extent, a logical interest in improving their processes, increasing their efficiency, and reducing their costs.
At least this is what any person or company will strongly affirm, but reality is not as simple as theory. When it comes to implementing improvements or solutions, what we really often find are phrases like:
- “I haven’t been able to try that, I’ve been too busy”
- “We should improve processes, but there’s never any time”
- “I don’t know why we have to change it, we’ve always done it this way”
It is true that we all always have a lot of work and it is difficult to find time to try new things. It is also true that certain people show a predisposition against change, which can provoke reluctance and discomfort.
However, we must get used to the fact that every improvement necessarily involves a change, and the only way to improve is to embrace changes, even if it means leaving our comfort zone. On the other hand, your work and daily tasks will never give you time to try and make improvements if you don’t make the effort to find it.
So you know, neither lack of time, nor being too busy, nor being afraid to leave your comfort zone, are valid excuses for not trying to improve. Precisely, the greater the workload, the greater the need to try new methods and improve processes.