Waddell Indicts Prison Labor Managers

Evolving Excellence: If We Weren’t All Crazy, We’d Go Insane

Bill Waddell hasn’t been blogging much lately, but he hits the nail right on the head, talking about an article about American prison labor — yup, that’s right manufacturing businesses in American prisons. The “employees” are paid, however. Bill rants:

I have no idea what sort of person makes a career choice to provide manufacturing leadership to federal prisoners – can you envision what it must take to get a skid full of quality products out of Pete Rose, the senior managers at Enron and Boeing, Manuel Noriega and the others who have populated the federal prison system? I think it is safe to assume that it is not the cream of the manufacturing management crop running that circus.

These folks have the best of all worlds – third world labor rates in U.S. locations – and they still need protection because they would not get the contracts if they had to compete for them.

For the rest of his rant and the original article, check out Bill’s blog.

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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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