2014 has been a busy and exciting year. I’ve been very blessed. I’ve worked with great people and have learned so much. I have still barely scratched the surface in sharing stories from my recent trip to Japan. I’ve been on the road more than I would have wanted here in December, which has put me a bit behind in writing about the tour and other writing projects, but it’s great to be on site with hospitals helping get them started with Kaizen!
After I fly back today from a hospital in Iowa, I’ll be taking a bit of a holiday break here at the blog. But, I’ll be writing posts to publish after the New Year, including more about Japan. But, first, I want to wish every reader a peaceful and joyous holiday season.
In a tradition I started in 2009, here is my parody Christmas song, “Gemba Claus is Comin’ to Town.”
Click play in media player below to hear the song (music performed by my friend Steve Sholtes).
“So Kaizen for goodness’ sake” would have been a better line. Oh well.
LEI posted “Twas the Night Before Kaizen” today, which is worth a read.
End of Year Giving
At the end of the year, there are many appeals for charitable giving. It’s not just a tax break… it’s a great idea to support meaningful organizations that do great work.
Here are some organizations that I support and recommend, if you’re looking to make a tax-deductible donation:
The Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation
The National Patient Safety Foundation
The National Patient Safety Foundation’s vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm.” Click here to donate.
The Emily Jerry Foundation
Kiva is a “micro-lending” service that gives opportunity to businesspeople and entrepreneurs around the world. I reinvest my loan returns by re-loaning those funds to new businesses. You can lend and/or donate to Kiva to support their operations. You can also join a “team” founded by John Hunter, of the Curious Cat blog.
Here is our “team impact” report (click for a larger view):
Some Holiday Laughs
Click on any photo for the respective LeanMemes.com page for sharing options:
Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please scroll down to post a comment. Click here to receive posts via email.
Now Available – The updated, expanded, and revised 3rd Edition of Mark Graban’s Shingo Research Award-Winning Book Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement. You can buy the book today, including signed copies from the author.