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Podcast #151 – Karen Martin, “The Outstanding Organization”


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karen martin Podcast #151   Karen Martin, The Outstanding Organization leanJoining me for episode #151 is my friend Karen Martin, talking about her newly-released book The Outstanding Organization: Generate Business Results by Eliminating Chaos and Building the Foundation for Everyday Excellence Podcast #151   Karen Martin, The Outstanding Organization lean. Karen is the founder of Karen Martin & Associates and she is previously the co-author of  The Kaizen Event Planner: Achieving Rapid Improvement in Office, Service, and Technical Environments.

FastCompany.com has an excerpt from The Outstanding Organization here.

For a link to this episode, refer people to  www.leanblog.org/151/.

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mark graban lean blog Podcast #151   Karen Martin, The Outstanding Organization leanAbout LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as the new Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Innovation and Improvement Services for KaiNexus.

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  1. Mark Welch says:

    I really liked this podcast. Karen gave some great examples to drive home key points – her work with the Blue Angels being the most meaningful to me; i.e., how the pilots would, directly after a show, analyze, reflect, learn, and apply that learning to improve their next one. We in healthcare have no less at stake, so why do we push that off?

    I also liked how she was not a fan of benchmarking (industrial tourism), but said that if benchmarking is done to approach it with a curiosity vs. duplication mindset. Although I’ve heard this general idea before, the way she put it made it even more meaningful.

    Best of success to you with “The Outstanding Organization,” Karen.

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