Song Parody: "My Work Would Suck Without Lean"

With extreme apologies to Kelly Clarkson, a parody of the song “My Life Would Suck Without You” (original lyrics and YouTube video). Hardly the artistic highpoint in American songwriting, but a catchy popular tune…

I’ve re-tooled it as a bit of a duet between employee and boss…

My Work Would Suck Without Lean
By Mark Graban

(Employee)
Guess this means you’re sorry
Our quality was poor
Guess this means you take back all you said before

Like how much you blamed us
“Just be more careful”
Customers won’t come back?
Now they’re buying here again

Cause we’re working together now, yeah
Embracing Lean concepts now at work, yeah
You get ideas from me, and honestly
My work would suck without Lean

(Manager)
Maybe I was stupid
For managing that way
Maybe I was wrong for not list’nin to you

We knew quality got issues
But our cost was messed up too
Either way I found out
We’re nothing without Lean

Cause we’re working together now, yeah
Embracing Lean concepts now at work, yeah
You give ideas to me, and honestly
My work would suck without Lean

(Employee)
Working with you was so dysfunctional
I really shouldn’t let you
Go back to the old ways, yeah

(Together)
Cause we’re working together now, yeah
Embracing Lean concepts now at work, yeah
We improve quality, and honestly
My work would suck without Lean

Cause we’re working together now, yeah
Embracing Lean concepts now at work, yeah
You get ideas from me, and honestly
My work would suck without Lean

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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. Peter P Patterson ,MD MBA says

    Hip lyrics … way cool. Love your guitar-wielding avatar in the video ha-ha. Rock On!!
    /Dr. Pete

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