Once you move into your home and are settled that’s it; right? Well, not exactly. A little periodic maintenance is required. Dusting, vacuuming, moving furniture around; these are the basics. Then there is the painting, repairing the back stairs. Followed by upgrading the A/C unit, etc. the former is maintaining; the latter sustaining.
When you decide to xeriscape (replacing water-thirsty plants with drought-tolerant ones) or adding solar panels to get “off the grid” (both saving money) you are improving your home. When you are constantly looking for ways to make these meaningful improvements you are moving toward a continuously improving mindset.
Organizations who adopt and nurture a continuous improvement mindset/culture are the ones who thrive. Processes exist everywhere. Improving them is important to getting better and perhaps competing. Continuously improving them is for the few organizations that choose to lead. They lead for all stakeholders: suppliers, customers, employees and their industry.
Why? Because when an organization continuously improves its processes there are no down sides; just benefits. Does it take an investment of resources? Absolutely. Is there a positive return? Every time. Really? Yes. Perhaps not immediately, but pretty darn quickly and on multiple levels. Would you let your home all into disrepair if you could help it?
And isn’t that the point?
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