There is an inherent folly when an organization states “it is going to trim the fat” and be lean.
First, these announcements are usually made by the same people who allowed the fat to develop unabated.
Second, much like my own mid-section, fat has a sneaky habit of growing unexpectedly (who trims the fat trimmers?).
Trimming the fat should be a continuous part of an organization’s operation. Trimming the fat is not a goal, but a standing activity like paying the utility bill. Trimming the fat as a goal is a sign an organization lacks vision and ideas. It is simply going to do what it always does, possibly with less. It is management of decay, not growth.