A strange title to an article?, then let me explain. When a bird of prey catches its food, it arches its wings and wraps them around its prospective meal as if to say, “Get off, this is mine”.
In some organisations some people do the same with information, knowledge and skills. They do so for many reasons including self-preservation (protection from future redundancy situations) and self-importance (they like to be the person to fix a problem where others have failed). However these skills are often the very ones in short supply so they usually represent a significant bottleneck or constraint to the business.
We suggest that a Lean Leader needs to recognise where ‘mantling’ is likely to occur and put plans in place to prevent it. The leader needs to build a culture where knowledge, information and skills are readily shared because it is seen as the right thing to do. This can be achieved in numerous ways including:-
If you would like to know more about how leaders can bring about a lean culture you might want to attend our Lean Leadership training course.