Getting buy-in from employees is important from the start of any continuous improvement initiative. Otherwise, expect to fail — 90 percent of lean initiatives do, said David Rea of Catalyst Connection, a Pittsburgh economic development firm that supports small and medium-sized manufacturers. Successful companies devote much of their resources to developing their people, said Rea. They give leadership training not just to the people at the very top, but at the managerial and front-line-supervisor levels, working with them on their coaching, communication and problem-solving skills. Read more at IndustryWeek.