Learning from the Past

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A good friend of the blog, Bryan Lund, asked this question on LinkedIn.com, you can go there via this link or share your answer here via the blog comments (reprinted with Bryan’s permission):

How important is the past in learning about how to handle the future?

Specifically…I think that the saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same” is especially true in the realm of Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma improvement initiatives. For example, Lean Manufacturing has its roots well grounded within the Gilbreths’ work, Frederick Taylor, Deming, Juran, and even in our WWII production ramp-up programs such as “Training Within Industry” where supervisors were taught three critical business improvement skills: 1) how to instruct standard operations, 2) how to improve operations and 3) how to lead people. Do you think, if we brought ourselves back around to the basics, that we could be a more successful at the local, regional and national economic levels if we just practiced, “the basics” of management?

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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.

1 Comment

  1. Todd says

    Yes! I do think this will increase the likelihood of success. This idea struck me hardest while completing my black belt training when I realized that I hadn’t learned anything new, I simply put a framework around skills I already had in the form of DMAIC.

    Besides, many of those basic ideas and tools have been around for a long time, are simple to understand and to use, and can have a powerful impact.

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