Recently, I asked my friend in the design department to put together new warning signs for the doors leading into the warehouse. I was surprised the next day to find the following on my desk for approval:
After a good laugh, I went and talked to my friend.
“Stace, this is fantastic, but not quite what I’m looking for. We really want to warn people about the forklifts…not zombies.”
“You’re not worried about the zombies? Okay, how about this?”
“We’re on the right track, but it seems like this one suggests: ‘As long as you can outrun your coworkers, you’ll be safe.’ That doesn’t really promote team unity, does it?”
“If you’re worried about team unity, let’s just get rid of the team! Here you go.”
“Removing the running crowd certainly helps, but it might be a red flag for OSHA if they drop by.”
“That’s fine, if you want to suck the fun out of safety. How’s this?”
“Perfect! I appreciate your creative approach to this task, though I’ll probably never give you keys to the forklift. However, you did inspire me to put together my own sign.”
Special thanks to Stace Hasegawa for the wonderful signs and Audrey Fuller for editing help.
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I’m excited to announce that Supply Chain Cowboy now has a page devoted to business and lean quotes. I’ve gathered over 60 of my favorite business and lean quotes and added my own thoughts to many of them. They’re currently grouped into seven categories:
Here’s a sampling, five of my favorites:
“Continuous improvement is not about the things you do well ‐ that’s work. Continuous improvement is about removing the things that get in the way of your work. The headaches, the things that slow you down, that’s what continuous improvement is all about.”
– Bruce Hamilton
“A chess novice can defeat a master if moving twice each round.”
– M. Goldenson, Ten Lessons from a Failed Startup, in VentureBeat. 2009. Quoted in Nail It then Scale It, p. 96
“Small wins are a steady application of a small advantage.”
― Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
“A ship in port is safe – but that is not what ships are built for.”
‐ Rear Admiral Grace Hopper
“As long as I listen to my customers, I never need to have another original idea.”
– Niel Robertson, founder of Trada, in Do More Faster
I’ll add to the page regularly, so be sure to check back for updates. Also – if you have a quote that means a lot to you, add it in an email or shoot me a message on the contact us link.
Supply Chain Cowboy Business and Lean Quotes Page