Years ago, Toyota embraced and developed a methodology for identifying and removing inefficiencies and waste in what came to be known as the famous Toyota Production System. Companies worldwide came to their facilities to see just how Toyota was accomplishing such incredible production efficiencies.
Back in 1920’s the life expectancy for a U.S. Mail pilot was a mere four years. Flying in bad weather was proving to be detrimental to a pilot. In fact, of the first forty U.S. Mail pilots, thirty-one died carrying the mail. Something had to be done to change the attitude of the people who were making the “DECISION” of when a pilot should fly. The pilots worked out a deal with their field managers. They said they would fly in bad weather if the field manager would be willing to get in the co-pilot’s seat and take-off and fly once around the airfield and then come back and land. If the weather was so bad, that the field manager was too scared to comply with that rule, then the pilot would not take-off. The year this rule was made, 1922, U.S. Mail pilots had zero fatalities.
One of the definitions of the word “shortcut” is, “an accelerated way of doing or achieving something; a shorter alternative route”. But, if you do further research you will find people who will tell you there are no shortcuts to success. People have stated, “When it comes to success, there are no shortcuts.” Others have said,“There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going.” Or how about this one: “There are no shortcuts. It takes time to build a better version of you.”
I received an email the other day from a client who has been receiving my weekly articles for years. She was frustrated with my new article “format” because it was difficult to read. To paraphrase her email, she stated:
“Rob, when you use all caps for your bullet points, they are very difficult to read. I send your weekly blogs to people in my department and it would be so much easier to read if you didn’t use all caps! Could you please make that change? Below is a snapshot of what parts of your article looks like when I receive it.”