“Pink slime,” was in the news last week. Whether you call it “lean finely textured beef” or “salvage” as one scientist called it, you won’t want to eat it, especially if you read about it in Wikipedia. What everyone agrees on is that it’s added to ground beef as filler. Organizations have their own pink slime – filler that’s of questionable value. I’m thinking of the many reports, meetings, policies, procedures, rules, and processes that add no value, but sap resources and attention away from a focus on serving customers better, encouraging employees to be their best, and generating improved cash flow.
There’s tremendous value in putting all those forms of waste on trial for their lives, as Peter Drucker noted, and get rid of the ‘pink slime’ in your organization. It’s healthier.