Lean is an addictive drug.
But I’m not talking about the nasty mixture of cough syrup and soda that is hooking young Americans on codeine and promethazine.
I’m talking about the current favourite method for reducing corporate corpulence, which has been popular for nearly twenty years.
But don’t for one moment think Lean is a passing fad. Its day will come, for sure. But its pedigree is a rich one. And whatever will replace it must share many of its aspirations and principles, just as Lean shares much with TQM*, BPR* and much that has gone before.