11 Mind Blowing Mike Rother Quotes

Mike Rother is a business researcher that introduced the business practice of Value Stream Mapping and Toyota Kata. Appearing in several publications and achieving several awards for his work and ideals, here is a look at some of the most memorable Mike Rother quotes to know.

“Any organization’s competitiveness, ability to adapt, and culture arise from the routines and habits by which the people in the organization conduct themselves every day. It is an issue of human behavior.”

“Distribution of reaction to change What Mr. Koenigsaecker’s diagram suggests is that only a small percentage of people in the organization (the right tail of the curve) will welcome a change effort and actively participate.”

“It is conceivable that the point here is not that we do not see the problems in our processes, but rather that we do not want to see them because that would undermine the sense of certainty we have about how our factory is working.”

“Management: The systematic pursuit of desired conditions by utilizing human capabilities in a concerted way.”

“The ability of your organization to be competitive and survive lies not so much in solutions themselves, but in the capability of the people in your organization to understand a situation and develop solutions.”


“The best we can do is to know the approach, the means, we can utilize for dealing with the unclear path to a new desired condition, not what the content and steps of our actions—the solutions—will be.”

“The competitive advantage of an organization lies not so much in the solutions themselves—whether lean techniques, today’s profitable product, or any other—but in the ability of the organization to understand conditions and create fitting, smart solutions.”

“The systematic pursuit of desired conditions by utilizing human capabilities in a concerted way.”

“The way from where we are to where we want to be next is a gray zone full of unforeseeable obstacles, problems, and issues that we can only discover along the way.”

“There are perhaps only three things we can and need to know with certainty: where we are, where we want to be, and by what means we should maneuver the unclear territory between here and there.”

“There is a human tendency to desire and even artificially create a sense of certainty.”

As the author of Toyota Kata and co-author of Learning to See, Mike Rother speaks at the Lean Summit.

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