As we celebrate the life of Winston Churchill ( 1874 – 1965 ) on the 50th Anniversary of his death it is worth reminding ourselves of his wisdom and clarity of thought. If Winston Churchill was alive today he would certainly have understood and appreciated the principles of Lean Six Sigma. His speech and writings testify to the fact that he understood that continuous change ( in the right direction ) is necessary for improvement and to move towards the ultimate goal ( 5th step) of Lean which is of course to seek Perfection.
In a 1925 speech to the House of Commons he said:
“There is nothing wrong in change, if it is in the right direction.
To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often.”
Winston S. Churchill, 23 June 1925, House of Commons