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Norm Bodek & The Harada Method – Article and Free Webinar

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Our good friend Norman Bodek asked me to share this with you about the Harada Method, which (as he says) “promises to create workers who are masters of their positions and champions of continuous improvement — at little to no cost.”

You can read an article about this at IndustryWeek:  “How America Can Fight Back Against Low-Cost Labor in China” and you can also register for a free webinar on the Harada Method.

What is the Harada Method? From the article:

The recipe is one part  monozukuri  (which, loosely translated, means craftsmanship, or product excellence) and one part  hitozukuri(an organization’s commitment to the lifelong development of its employees, or people excellence), and it’s steeped in respect for workers.

It’s called the  Harada Method, and it’s designed to help shop-floor workers develop their skills and capabilities — on their own.

And it continues:

Bodek notes that the Harada Method is enormously popular [55000 people at 380 companies] in Japan, for much the same reasons that American manufacturers are taking an interest in it. Japan, like the United States, is struggling to compete with low-cost labor in China and other emerging economies.

“But they can compete by raising the skill level of [their] companies,” Bodek says.

I don’t know too much about this approach yet, but I think it bears looking into. Learn more from the article or the webinar.


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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.

3 Comments on "Norm Bodek & The Harada Method – Article and Free Webinar"

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  1. Shmuel Korb says:

    Hi Mark-

    Thanks for the update.

    While I do enjoy coming to the “Un-official Norman Bodek Fan Page” (also known as the Lean Blog), I was wondering – do you know if Norman Bodek (or a professional representative of his) has his own blog/news feed?

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