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Lack of leadership support is always hard. Do what is within your control. If there is an opportunity to improve something within your sphere of influence, then you can make use of that by showing leadership the possibilities of improvement. Quick Wins like a 5S can be a great source of momentum. The trick is finding something small enough to change that will be meaningful to others.

Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner at, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.