What does Lean Process Improvement have to do with Mental Health?

While the principles of ‘lean process improvement’ and ‘problem solving’ have been in use for hundreds of years across the globe, revolutionising industry and businesses alike, it’s not been associated with mental wellbeing and in particular with solving mental health issues before

….until now….

At ‘Short Steps – Problem Solving for Men’, the best, most established tools, exercises and methodology from professional problem solving and process improvement, are used with clients to take them from having a problem, to finding the right fix for that problem.

Why? What’s the benefit of using problem solving tools rather than say counselling, therapy, mindfulness or any of the other approaches generally associated with solving mental health problems?

For one, it’s quicker! Whilst agonising over your past for months on end with a therapist might be right for some, a lot of my clients don’t want to sit and share their life story. They just want to figure out what’s wrong and sort it. The process I use can achieve those results in weeks depending on the client’s motivation.

For another thing, it’s easier. It’s tough for a lot of people, and in particular Men, to talk about how they are feeling. Partly Men don’t have a lot of historic experience of doing it (yet) and partly it’s just too uncomfortable. Using objective problem-solving tools, exercises and a methodical approach makes it easier to get to the right information and make positive change for the client.

It’s an ideal approach to mental health for Men.

And for a third thing, as it’s always good to do things in threes, it’s cheaper! Whilst my clients do pay me for my time, no-one has ever spent more than £600 so far with me. When last I checked, a few months of counselling or therapy could easily run into the thousands, depending on the quality of the service.

How does it work?

I won’t explain the entire system here as there are plenty of free downloads on my website, Facebook and YouTube that explain it, but for those of you in the know, have a look at the comparison diagram below of the 5 principles of lean and the ‘Short Steps process’ and you’ll see the connections.

Did you find this interesting? Do you work in lean and are interested in learning how this approach could benefit you, your business and your employee’s wellbeing?

Drop me a line and let’s have a quick chat. I’m a massive lean geek so always keen to talk to colleagues in the industry.