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Lean Blog Flashback to 2008: “Lean Office” Silliness

Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 6.14.41 AMThis week, I’m taking a week off from new blog posts due to a pressing deadline for the 3rd edition of my book Lean Hospitals, our first KaiNexus User Conference, and few other things.

Here is a post from today’s date, October 27, back in 2008. The Wall Street Journal had an article that portrayed “Lean Office” activities as being the realm of control freaks more so than being anything that really helps improve performance. We should try to avoid those mistakes in healthcare (and other settings). Lean and 5S should help people, not anger and alienate them.

Here’s the post, which received a lot of comments (26)…

This WSJ Article (as do Many Organizations) Misses the Point of 5S

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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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