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The Need to Consider Other Perspectives in Process Design & Kaizen

The Need to Consider Other Perspectives in Process Design & Kaizen

In this post, I describe an idea (or a suggestion?) that led to a Kaizen improvement through Catalysis (formerly known as the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value).

By February 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Win a Free Copy of “Practicing Lean”

Win a Free Copy of “Practicing Lean”

In celebration of the paperback release of our book Practicing Lean, I am running a giveaway contest, through Amazon, that runs until February 27.

To enter, click this link and follow the instructions there.

By February 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
The Advice about #Lean That Your Hospital CEO Should Be Getting

The Advice about #Lean That Your Hospital CEO Should Be Getting

Art Byrne's latest book, The Lean Turnaround Action Guide, has a lot of great tips that he's trying to share, CEO to CEO. How many CEOs are reading this book and heeding his advice, in manufacturing or in healthcare?

By February 21, 2017 3 Comments Read More →

Lean Podcasts

Podcast #275 – Katie Anderson, #Lean Reflections on Living in Japan

Podcast #275 – Katie Anderson, #Lean Reflections on Living in Japan

My guest Katie Anderson, previously a guest for Episode #233, is back again talking about lessons learned and reflections from her 18 months living in Japan. And check out a contest to win a copy of my book, courtesy of Katie and her blog...

By February 8, 2017 2 Comments Read More →
Podcast #274 – Jay Arthur, “Lean Six Sigma for Hospitals”

Podcast #274 – Jay Arthur, “Lean Six Sigma for Hospitals”

My guest for Episode #274 of the podcast is Jay Arthur, author of Lean Six Sigma for Hospitals: Improving Patient Safety, Patient Flow and the Bottom Line, Second Edition. To me, "Lean Sigma" is often a controversial topic... not because anything is wrong with Six Sigma…

By February 1, 2017 4 Comments Read More →
Podcast #273 – David Veech, His New Book “Leadersights”

Podcast #273 – David Veech, His New Book “Leadersights”

Joining me for Episode #273 of the podcast is David Veech, author of the new book Leadersights: Creating Great Leaders Who Create Great Workplaces.

David is a senior lecturer in the Department of Management Sciences at Ohio State University and their Fisher College of Business, teaching in the MBOE program (see his full bio).

By January 25, 2017 1 Comments Read More →

Featured Videos

Mark Graban, Quality Digest Interview (With Transcript)

Mark Graban, Quality Digest Interview (With Transcript)

Dirk Dusharme, Mike Richman, and I talked about:

The 3rd edition of Lean Hospitals, This article I wrote for Quality Digest, and more such as:

“Healthcare Kaizen” Videos from Franciscan St. Francis

“Healthcare Kaizen” Videos from Franciscan St. Francis

In the videos, you’ll see staff and leaders talk bout “Kaizen” or continuous improvement. It’s powerful to see the impact that a “culture of continuous improvement” has on people and their lives.

By February 23, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Webinar Recording – Why Change Management and Lean Are So Important

Webinar Recording – Why Change Management and Lean Are So Important

Yesterday, I did a webinar about the "ExperienceChange" workshops that I'm facilitating and would love to bring to your organization. In the webinar, the first part talks about the need for change management practices and higher levels of employee engagement...

By December 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Other Recent Lean Posts

A Webinar on Thursday, #PracticingLean Summary & #Kaizen Thoughts

A Webinar on Thursday, #PracticingLean Summary & #Kaizen Thoughts

This post will point you to a few things you might be interested in: a free webinar this Thursday, some thoughts on Kaizen and "low-hanging fruit," and a summary of the book Practicing Lean.

By February 20, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of Feb 13: Crying Jordan, Watered Down Huddle Boards

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of Feb 13: Crying Jordan, Watered Down Huddle Boards

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a (usually) weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other interesting stuff. You can follow me @MarkGraban...

By February 18, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
“The Rock” Says Getting Lean is Something Anybody Can Do… If You Work At It

“The Rock” Says Getting Lean is Something Anybody Can Do… If You Work At It

Why did "The Rock" and his movie make me think about Lean? Are many individuals (or organization's) willing to put time into continuous improvement every day for 20 years? If so, the results and "after" picture seem astonishing, right?

By February 17, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
From Kaizen Live! 2016: Gemba Walk Dos and Don’ts for Leaders

From Kaizen Live! 2016: Gemba Walk Dos and Don’ts for Leaders

Mischelle McMillin, from Franciscan St. Francis Health, shares “dos and don’ts” for leaders going out to the “gemba” (the workplace). What is “the riddler” and why should you avoid being one in your efforts to create a culture of continuous improvement?

By February 16, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Visuals vs. Visual Management, Revisited with More Examples

Visuals vs. Visual Management, Revisited with More Examples

Are "visuals" and "visual management" the same thing? Are "visuals" always Lean, necessarily? In this post, I talk about the differences using an example from a hospital and my car's dashboard.

By February 15, 2017 2 Comments Read More →