One of the most powerful elements of the Toyota Culture is Hansei, taking the time to reflect deeply on what went well and what didn't go well and to use this time of deep reflection to continuously improve either oneself or the process.
However, it is one of the most difficult elements of Lean Thinking to implement in an organisation, as it takes time and we're all too busy of course, aren't we? This is a key indicator of whether an organisation really does 'get' Lean and a focus area for all of us engaged in the deployment of Lean Thinking.
You can really think of Hansei in terms of PDCA, where Hansei is the Check part and integral to really following through on our discipline around the Deming Cycle, which is the essence of Continuous Improvement.
So please, find time for Hansei if you really do want to be a Lean Thinker.
"I aim to promote the global sharing of best practices in the application of Lean Thinking."