Some of our leaders hanging out with @fastcapllc owner, @paulakerslean and soaking
up as much knowledge as possible at the Lean Summit in Colorado!
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As a growing business with one or two facilities you learn and pull concepts or principles from other companies that inspire you. You figure out what works and what doesn’t work, developing the culture as you go.
Larger companies like an Apple for example, have a main campus that serves as a corporate headquarter, training center and really an inspirational masterpiece for the rest of the company. It’s a place to recapture the essence of what makes the company great.
What’s really neat is being able to learn or adopt a concept from another company and then eventually visiting or touring their facility to immerse yourself in the experience.
This is exactly what we were able to do this past week. As part of our culture we’ve adopted a Lean Mentality. We strive to continuously improve, make changes and develop ourselves. We’ve used FastCap LLC as our guiding force and have taken the ideals that they live and breath daily, to develop our own journey at ER2.
A few of the leadership team headed up to Bellingham, WA and participated in a tour of the FastCap facility. There we were, standing in the middle of a company we have learned so much from, immersed in an extreme lean environment. Everywhere we looked, lean thinking was implemented, every person we talked to had lean concepts flowing through them. This was the Disneyland of Lean to us!
With the understanding that what works for one may not work for another, we were able to put together a list of take-aways, we recognized, that could make us and our team even better.
Bringing the excitement of Lean home to our facility has laid the groundwork for us to take the next steps of our Lean Journey, and we are thrilled for whatever comes next!
ER2 is an electronic recycling company located in Phoenix, Arizona and Memphis, Tennessee servicing all of the United States and Canada. Providing services that include: Secure Hard Drive Shredding, Electronic Recycling, Computer Recycling, E-Waste Recycling, IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) Solutions and Free Pick-up.
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To often we get in the rut of doing the same thing repeatedly, and soon we take the task at face value. It will always be this way, therefore I do not question how it is done.
A year ago we, as a company, challenged ourselves to think differently and it began with a concept called “Lean Thinking”. (Click here if you would like to know more about introducing lean thinking in a workplace environment.) The basic underlying thought was to ‘eliminate waste by continuous improvement’, and this idea radically changed the way we do things. Instead of being content with the way things are done we constantly look at ways we can improve our systems and processes.
Wherever we can see waste we find a way to eliminate it. We pose the same question to ourselves each and every day… “What drives me crazy about what I do?” Ironically it’s the simplest of things, like having to get up from a desk to find a stapler, or running out of power on a radio and forced to work without one while it charges.
These small but frustrating scenarios can be easily resolved by purchasing a stapler that stays on one’s desk, or carrying a back up battery for those that use their radios heavily. These remedies are what we like to call “2-Second Lean Ideas”. They save us wasted time, motion, over-processing and the list goes on. They are often overlooked because we fail to press pause, identify the issues and then engage is a creative thought process to find a solution. The key is that there is no solution too small. If it saves 2 seconds of your time, it’s worth it.
The value we have found in approaching our days with lean thinking cannot be underemphasized and the best part about it? Anyone can do it, anywhere! So test it out, whether you’re at home or in the office, find something that bugs you and think creatively on how you can improve it just a little. You’ll soon find the process fun and rewarding.
If creative thinking is not your forte, click here to enjoy some of these easy solutions to some of life’s most trying situations…
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