Weekend Fun: Where Good Ideas Go to Die

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There’s a funny cartoon over at ONEFTE.com about suggestions and employee ideas. The post is titled “Where good ideas go to die.” One time in a hospital, a heard a team member say that about their suggestion box.

The cartoon helps illustrate why Kaizen has to be a non-bureaucratic  approach to improvement. Kaizen is not the suggestion box. Kaizen is focused on people taking action on their own ideas, not running an idea up the flagpole for a slow, distant approval by a committee. Our upcoming Healthcare Kaizen  book covers all of this and more. This video from MD Anderson discusses their Kaizen process.

On Saturdays, I like to post a video or a cartoon that takes a lighter look at Lean and related concepts. Check out those posts here.

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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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