It’s time for vacation, which means two weeks away from the blog. There is a physical vacation taking place, to parts unknown (or undisclosed), which means a virtual vacation too. I probably won’t be on Twitter much either (if I am, please scold me).
It’s hard to turn off one’s Lean-thinking mind… so you can check out some posts about some previous trips:
Yes, many of our vacations involve wineries or distilleries :-)
See more photos from the Champagne region in this post. What a fun gemba that was to visit!
Some Interesting Articles
Here are some articles I’ve read recently that you might enjoy:
The challenge in pairing the sick with social services (5% of all patients consume half of our national healthcare spending… can we improve quality outcomes and cost at the same time?)
The Employer-Led Health Care Revolution (how Intel is using Lean to help improve employee healthcare, in partnership with Virginia Mason Medical Center and others)
How Not to Cut Health Care Costs (an article from last year that I should have shared earlier)
Don’t Set Process Without Input from Frontline Workers (classic Lean advice)
Other Blogs & Podcast to Check Out
During my vacation, here are some other great resources for reading and listening:
Have a great two weeks! I might have some blog posts about my travels when I get back. I hope you’ll re-join me here starting July 16 or so.
I’ll be recording podcasts when I get back with two authors:
- Prof. Zeynep Ton (see my post on her book The Good Jobs Strategy)
- Dr. John Toussaint (on his new book Management on the Mend)
If you have questions for them for the podcast, let me know.
Here are some new or recently released books that are definitely worth checking out beyond the books by Ton and Toussaint that I mentioned above.
Retired General Stanley McChrystal writes about the change in military strategy that was necessitated by the battle against Al Qaeda and insurgents in Iraq. It’s a business book that paints a compelling picture of the need to be more agile instead of being big, powerful, and plodding. Sharing information and letting others make quick decisions is the key to success in today’s world. McChrystal also writes quite a bit about the harm caused by the “experts only” approach to improvement driven 100 years ago by Frederick Taylor (read a blog post of mine from 2011).
I had a chance to preview this excellent book by Steve Hoeft and Dr. Bob Pryor about their Lean journey at the Scott & White Health System here in Texas (now part of Baylor Scott & White). I’ll be interviewing Steve soon for my podcast. The book focuses a lot on daily Lean management approaches and the need to engage everybody in improvement. I’ve visited them twice at Scott & White and have been very impressed. You’ll like this book.
What other books are you enjoying right now?
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