Song Parody: You Say You Want a Kaizen Culture

John ToussaintWith apologies to The Beatles and Dr. John Toussaint:

“Kaizen Culture” (sung to “Revolution” by The Beatles)


You say you want a kaizen culture
Well, you know
We all want to change our work
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to improve the work
But when you talk ’bout suggestion boxes
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be kaizen
kaizen, kaizen

You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We’d all love to see the plan (do study act, plan do study act)
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We’re doing what we can
But when you only want money
from people (just ROI)
All I can tell is brother you have to wait
Don’t you know it’s gonna be kaizen
kaizen, kaizen

ah, ah, ah, ah, ah…

You say you’ll change the workplace culture
Well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it’s the current system
Well, you know
You better free your mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of John Toussaint
You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow
Don’t you know it’s gonna be kaizen
kaizen, kaizen
kaizen, kaizen, kaizen
kaizen, kaizen, kaizen

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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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  1. John Toussaint says:


    Dude, you have too much time on your hands,you better get about writing that next great book!


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