"Lean and Mean?" Sir, No, Sir!

TIME.com: Lean and Mean — Jul 10, 2006 — Page 1

I haven’t had time to read this yet, but I’ll invite your comments. I’ll add comments when I have a chance to read and digest this.

My first instinct is that I’m really frustrated when I see the perpetuation of this rhyming “lean and mean” thing. Lean is not mean. I have a talk that I give at healthcare workshops and my central theme is that “lean is not mean”. I’ll have to blog about that more here.

I had a chance to ask one of the guys who was real close to MIT and the Lean Enterprise Institute what they thought about coining the term “lean” and it rhyming so well with “mean.” The measured MIT-ish response was, “That was unfortunate.”

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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