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Ten “Everyday Lean” Examples of Creativity over Capital

by Mark Graban on April 22, 2013 · 3 comments

lifehacker 150x150 Ten Everyday Lean Examples of Creativity over Capital leanThere’s a fun post on Lifehacker with photos of (and links to details on) ten clever household “hacks.”

In the “kaizen” mindset, there’s a great value placed on using “creativity over capital” or “putting your mind before your wallet.” There’s usually more than one way to solve a problem and the most expensive way isn’t always the best way (such as this $750,000 lab automation system that’s intended to prevent labeling errors instead of just having a good process).

Anyway, here is the Lifehacker post:  Top 10 Awesome MacGyver Tricks That Speak For Themselves.

Do you use any of these? Will you now? Which is your favorite?

More posts on “Everyday Lean.”


blog photo Ten Everyday Lean Examples of Creativity over Capital 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 Ron Pereira April 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

I love the “Organize Cables with Toilet Paper Tubes” hack. Brilliant idea!
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2 Tanya
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April 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I think the perfect pancakes is awesome! All of my pancakes looks all messy every time.
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3 John Gallagher
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April 29, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Will definitely try the rubber band to remove a stripped screw! Being a lover of sticky notes, I appreciate the way to keep the dust off the floor as well. My wife might, too!!
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