"We stand resolved that the ability to react is now more important than the ability to predict."
As I read this, it hit me as very applicable to any setting in which we seek to deliver value to a customer. Customers change their mind. The worlds in which our customers work change, constantly, in ways we can never predict. Clearly, the current economic downturn is creating more uncertainty than we have seen in a generation.
So why would we attempt to "predict" the future? Why not focus instead on being able to react more rapidly than ever? To be more nimble, more versatile, more flexible? To build systems and people to be responsive? To build systems which do not depend on being clairvoyant?
The answer is obvious. And is the Lean leader should be spending time.
Keep on learning.