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What You’re Searching For, January 2010 Edition

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “What You’re Searching For” Post, where I pull out items from my blog’s stats, the keyword searches that bring people to this site – the common, the uncommon, and the strange.

From most frequent to least frequent (leaving out the boring and obvious stuff like “lean blog mark”). Toward the bottom, some of these are a single person searching, not necessarily indicative of any trends. The search terms are in bold, my comments after the dash.

top healthcare administration books – I hope there’s more interest in Lean nowadays (my list for lean)

lean and nurses – another good topic (my posts on nursing)

non essential workers – it must be hard to hear that term associated with your job. High search term means more companies are looking into furlough days?

long supply chain – this is in reference to firms shipping goods from China, long supply chains = slow supply chains. with cheap labor, sometimes comes poor customer responsiveness.   See this link and this one for alternatives.

cleveland clinic and lean – a great organization that uses lean and other methods for process improvement

outlearning the wolves blog – a reference to this book, apparently: Outlearning the Wolves: Surviving and Thriving in a Learning Organization – any one read it?

what companies closed after lean – uh, oh. Ironically, the top google result for me is this post about the “best lean companies” (presumably those who do NOT shut down after using Lean).

Toyota facebook comments about managers San antonio – hmmm, what’s the story behind this one?

lean is not meanamen.

the doublespeak of sigma six – interesting search term.

taylorism starbucks – Hopefully the Lean efforts at Starbucks are involving the staff, as opposed to having process improvement done TO them.

for dummies series stupid name – I normally hate the term “dummies,” but the Lean For Dummies was surprisingly good.

monty python health care cow catapult – I used to be a Monty Python fan, but what is the relation to healthcare?

lean healthcare conference 2010 – one that I’ll be involved in will be put on by the Lean Enterprise Institute in June, for more info sign up on this page.

why isn’t canada using quality management in hospitals – There’s actually quite a lot of Lean activity in Canada.


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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 eBook 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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