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Lean as a Superhero?

What people often think Lean is — a superhero there to “save them” or to “make them Lean.”

As illustrated below:

 

How people should really view Lean:

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The asterisk text reads “warning: requires effort and leadership (not a silver bullet).”

Superman might have been “faster than a speeding bullet,” but Lean is no “silver bullet.” Lean is an amazingly powerful methodology… but only if you’re willing to work at it and provide quite a bit of leadership.

(Illustrations copyright Mark Graban, photo purchased from iStockPhoto.com)

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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.

2 Comments
  1. Anonymous says

    I want to nominate this post for a Shingo Prize.

    Best post to use so few words….

  2. […] out that Lean is not for everyone, that it requires time and leadership.  This is consistent with my position that people shouldn’t view Lean as some sort of silver bullet superhero who is here to magically save the […]

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