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Big news story yesterday in Connecticut.
Click link to view the ambulance explosion.
Another fine example of how the media distorts the facts to create the frenzy. The female reporter makes you think the explosion and fire occurred with the patient and crew still inside the ambulance. Then you discover later this was not the case.
The media has been out of control for years. Sadly, the U.S. government and our economy is also out of control. Consider the following list of issues plaguing the United States:
- Gulf Oil Spill – now over 80 days into the mess
- U.S. National Debt- $13 trillion and climbing…fast.
- Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
- Healthcare / Medicare / Medicaid
- Border Control / Drug Traffic Issues
- Immigration Law
- Unemployment – 9.5%
- Recession – heading for possible double dip?
I will not attempt to prioritize this list into order of importance. Nor do I wish to stir the political pot any further than it is already being stirred. But something has to give.
The most hyped story the media has covered over the past few days is what team NBA star Lebron James will play for over the next few years. Now we know. No, I will not provide a link (and I’m a big sports fan). Our government is suing the state of Arizona in an attempt to stop immigration enforcement law. Again, not stirring the pot…but, who is in charge? I thought we were on the same team, didn’t you?
Principle #5 of the 14 principles from the Toyota Way states:
Build a culture of stopping to fix problems, to get quality right the first time.
Our current political culture is in chaos. And the media feeds the frenzy. I think it’s time to stop and fix something, don’t you? Stop spending money, growing the government, and making the list longer. Fix something. OK…maybe one little stir.
I’m glad the ambulance crew followed standard procedures and successfully removed the patient from the burning vehicle before the explosion occurred. It’s also nice to know no one was hurt.
We won’t solve all our problems overnight. The good news is that lean leaders know that where there is chaos…there is opportunity. As lean leaders, we’re called to help those around us explore and understand ways to make things a bit easier. On rare occasions, ambulances catch fire. Even we can get caught up in the frenzy and lose focus.
When was the last time you identified a lingering problem, stopped, and fixed it?