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One effective technique I’ve seen is to get a small “Quick Win”. Make an improvement at a level that does not require approval, like a 5S, and then let leadership know how it benefited the company. Often leaders need to see what’s possible before they are able to move on from past failures.

Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner at 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.