What is the 4D Lean Model?

The 4D Lean model is simultaneously a language, a model of consciousness, and a philosophy. It simplifies communication and gives you a better insight into where you stand as a person or as an organization.

The 4D Lean Model has several D(imension)s

Do you recognize yourself and the 4D Lean model? In which dimension do you see the most of yourself? Where is the organization you work for situated? Is there a gap between the two?

The following statements will give you an idea about the average motivation per dimension:

  • 0D Non Lean – ‘Leave it (as it is)’
  • 1D Toolbox Lean – ‘I have to’
  • 2D Real Lean – ‘I am allowed’
  • 3D Modern Lean – ‘Ik want’
  • 4D Future Lean – ‘I want to be’
  • 4D+ Clean – ‘I am’

Are you a spiritual entrepreneur and do you still not find yourself completely in the model? .

Discover our latest update, the 4D+ model.

Read more about each dimension below …

0D

In a 0D environment, hardly anything changes or happens in addition to the daily fire fighting.

0D organizations aim for a status quo, in a ‘leave it (as it is)’ culture. In the current (rapidly changing) world, these companies are soon isolated or even dead. Bore-outs are among the risks here.

1D organizations opt for a top-down approach based on control. From a short-term vision, the focus is mainly on cost-cutting “cost-cutting” and fast profits. Suppliers and employees (but customers as well) are squeezed out as lemons. This approach finally results in a bitter aftertaste: burn-outs, high disease rates and significant staff turnover. Employees experience a culture of coercion or ‘I have to’.

1D

2D

2D companies are based on a long-term vision, in which continuous improvement and respect for people are essential. Authentic leaders set the example and attach great importance to the engagement of employees, whereby trust is an absolute condition. There is an I am allowed’ mentality that results in ‘win-win’ situations and permanent improvement and growth.

Connection is essential for 3D organizations.
Innovative companies and start-ups will pay more and more attention to agility and to the development of passion and talent.
The biggest breakthroughs come when decisions are made from the heart, in a culture where vulnerability is encouraged (3D+).
The Harada method is the cornerstone with the greatest impact within the 4D Lean model: through self-steering, every goal can be achieved with an eye for results and balance. 3D (+) employees are imbued with an ‘I want’ mentality.

3D / 3D+

4D / 4D+

In 4D, purpose and an “I am” feeling are the starting point. 4D organizations have a clear mission and want to contribute to a better world. Balance, personal well-being, feeling and intuition are basic elements in an environment that strives for happiness for everyone.

In 4D+ (includes 5D, 6D, … etc.) ‘wholeness‘ is the goal. 4D+ is the complete opposite of 1D: “a shift from a culture of fear to a culture of love”. While the word ‘happiness’ was a taboo in the world of business 20 years ago, 4D+ organizations are starting a revolution with ‘unconditional love’ in their minds. While this is still a bridge too far for many companies, the trend has been set …

0D

In a 0D environment, hardly anything changes or happens in addition to the daily fire fighting.

0D organizations aim for a status quo, in a ‘leave it (as it is)’ culture. In the current (rapidly changing) world, these companies are soon isolated or even dead. Bore-outs are among the risks here.

1D

1D organizations opt for a top-down approach based on control. From a short-term vision, the focus is mainly on cost-cutting “cost-cutting” and fast profits. Suppliers and employees (but customers as well) are squeezed out as lemons. This approach finally results in a bitter aftertaste: burn-outs, high disease rates and significant staff turnover. Employees experience a culture of coercion or ‘I have to’.

2D

2D companies are based on a long-term vision, in which continuous improvement and respect for people are essential. Authentic leaders set the example and attach great importance to the engagement of employees, whereby trust is an absolute condition. There is an I am allowed’ mentality that results in ‘win-win’ situations and permanent improvement and growth.

3D / 3D+

Connection is essential for 3D organizations.
Innovative companies and start-ups will pay more and more attention to agility and to the development of passion and talent.
The biggest breakthroughs come when decisions are made from the heart, in a culture where vulnerability is encouraged (3D+).
The Harada method is the cornerstone with the greatest impact within the 4D Lean model: through self-steering, every goal can be achieved with an eye for results and balance. 3D (+) employees are imbued with an ‘I want’mentality.

4D / 4D+

In 4D, purpose and an “I am” feeling are the starting point. 4D organizations have a clear mission and want to contribute to a better world. Balance, personal well-being, feeling and intuition are basic elements in an environment that strives for happiness for everyone.

In 4D+ (includes 5D, 6D, … etc.) ‘wholeness‘ is the goal. 4D+ is the complete opposite of 1D: “a shift from a culture of fear to a culture of love”. While the word ‘happiness’ was a taboo in the world of business 20 years ago, 4D+ organizations are starting a revolution with ‘unconditional love’ in their minds. While this is still a bridge too far for many companies, the trend has been set …

The 2-3-4D ‘pizza’

In order to stay competitive and to be able to attract new, youthful employees, as well as to keep your employees motivated, we absolutely recommend you implement a mix of 2-3-4D elements, based on your own preference and maturity.

In order to stay competitive and to be able to attract new, youthful employees, as well as to keep your employees motivated, we absolutely recommend you implement a mix of 2-3-4D elements, based on your own preference and maturity.

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Estimated distribution of companies

In what environment do you work? Note that nearly 90% of companies are still in 0D or 1D …

In what environment do you work? Note that nearly 90% of companies are still in 0D or 1D …

Podcast

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Paul Akers, CEO of the first ‘4D Lean’ organization in the world

FastCap (USA), the company from Paul Akers and his wife Leanne, where in 2017 named to the ‘4D Lean’ organization worldwide. Paul integrated in FastCap his ideal mix from 2D, 3D and 4D elements. His passion: ‘2 Second Lean’ (3D) and ‘Lean health’. His mission: ‘to grow people’.

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