Today’s post is published over on LinkedIn, as part of the “Influencers’ program that I’m a part of.
It’s a silly piece (in honor of “Muppets Most Wanted” being released on home video today) but it has a serious message.
“Fake Lean” often looks very much like “Real Lean” (to use Bob Emilani’s terms that are a bit catchier than my awkward acronym, L.A.M.E.). Fake Lean can seduce managers and Fake Lean lets you think you can do whatever you want.
Most of the complaints out there about Lean healthcare are, to my estimations, more often complaints about “Fake Lean” in some form, as I outline in the piece.
I draw parallels to the movie:
- Kermit the Frog = Real Lean
- Constantine, the world’s most dangerous frog = Fake Lean
As illustrated below:
I don’t normally write about such a hard-core Lean topic over there on LinkedIn… but I hope it helps.
As I say in the piece… we don’t have “Lean cops” who can call out “L.A.M.E.” We need to do so as a Lean community, it seems.
There is a few section that I wrote and cut out from the LinkedIn piece for a number of reasons, but might be of interest to this audience:
People get upset about Lean and I don’t blame them. On Twitter and other online venues, I hear their complaints and, while I usually agree with them that what’s happening to them as wrong, I often get personally attacked in some pretty vicious terms:
Obviously, my goals are improving the quality of healthcare and I’ve been involved in many situations where nurses, patients, and hospital administrators have personally expressed thanks for helping them improve the hospital or clinic setting (and it’s the result of THEIR hard work, not mine).
But, when people have had experiences with what Bob Emiliani calls “Fake Lean,” I can’t blame them for being upset. I can’t blame them for lashing out at me. I can’t blame them for accusing me of being “biased.” Yes, I’m “biased” that Lean can work wonderfully because I’ve seen it and been a part of it. But, I realize that bad things happen in the name of Lean and I can’t control that.
Hope you enjoy the Muppet connection…
Remembering Robin Williams
The actor Robin Williams passed away yesterday.
I wasn’t only a young Muppet Show fan, but I was also an avid “Mork & Mindy” watcher. Here is “Honorary Muppet” Robin Williams interacting with some Sesame Street Muppets, talking about the word “conflict.”
“Dead Poets Society” and “Good Will Hunting” were also meaningful movies to me, and many others.
Rest in peace…
About 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 Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Customer Success for the technology company KaiNexus. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.