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Episode 19
It's Not Just a Tool, It's a Way of Life
Help management understand their critical role in ensuring the sustained success of a 5S culture

This video is part 1 of 5 of the set:  5S

Video Length:
32 min

The importance of 5S is largely misunderstood and underappreciated as a tool to be used to lay the foundation of a successful lean transformation.  As such, top management’s role in rolling out 5S is minimized and delegated to those with lower responsibility because it is perceived to be a tool that does not require top management’s involvement.  This is absolutely an incorrect assumption because without top management’s involvement, 5S and many of the benefits of a lean transformation will not be realized.   


  • Introduction  (1:43 min)
  • Why top management’s involvement is crucial to 5S success  (5:35 min)
  • A description of 5S and its benefits  (3:36 min)
  • Purpose of 5S  (5:58 min)
  • Where 5S fits in a business management system  (3:39 min)
  • Top management's responsibilities  (9:15 min)
  • How to make 5S a way of life, not just an event  (2:16 min)

Target Audience

  • Top management
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