I have found myself thinking of that oft-stated expression by the Queen of Hearts character in Alice in Wonderland. For the past several months I have been working together with a colleague at a company. He asked me to deliver a Lean Leadership program on-site while he was busy working on various other projects. One day I saw him busy at work and asked him what he was up to. He said that he was pulling together information for the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). She posed a question to him during a recent meeting. "Why haven't we seen a reduction in headcount since we have been implementing Lean? We have the same number of employees as we did a year ago." The organization has been implementing Lean for approximately one year. During that time the organization had increased throughput and revenue by 10%, and was about to make another step increase as it absorbs a recent acquisition into the existing facility. In spite of these facts, the acting CFO's question still needed to be answered. At some point in the past, she developed the belief that there would be an absolute reduction in staffing with the implementation of Lean.