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My Post for @KaiNexus: Webinar Highlights from @MaryGreeley Medical Center

Closeup Orange CatYesterday, I had a post published over on the KaiNexus blog:

Webinar Highlights: See How These Two Elements Spread Improvement

I shared some highlights from an outstanding webinar that was presented by two improvement leaders from Mary Greeley Medical Center, in Ames, Iowa.

They talk about their different modes of improvement, how they’ve gotten senior leadership engaged, how they prioritized their standardized work efforts, and more.

As the Mary Greeley team has learned:

“Standard Work is the known best method (safest, highest quality, or most efficient) to perform a task, broken down into elements which are sequenced, organized, and repeatedly followed. Standard Work is dependent upon those closest to the work helping to design and continuously improve their work processes.”

Please check out the blog post. You can watch the webinar via the KaiNexus website or our YouTube Channel. See our past webinar library, as well.

You can also jump to the point where Ron Smith talks about me helping them launch their “managing for daily improvement” approach… using my “Kaizen Kickoff” methodology that I can also bring to your organization in 2016.

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You can see some of their results over time, as tracked in KaiNexus. I coached Ron to then go and methodically spread daily continuous improvement methods through other departments, which he did throughout 2015. The chart on the right shows the growth in the number of people using KaiNexus (meaning they were also trained by Ron on continuous improvement… their staff and leaders).

As departments hit their stride, 2016 will be a great year for them with even more improvement.

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Our Free January Webinar:

You can register for our next webinar, which will be held January 12, featuring Jon Miller of Gemba Academy.

Go Slow to Go Fast: Using Practical Problem Solving to Spread Kaizen

Have you figured out how to get your employees to speak up about problems in their daily work? Great! Now… how do you solve them? In this webinar, Jon Miller, an expert and thought-leader in lean, kaizen, and problem solving, will dive into Practical Problem Solving. This eight-step methodology and mindset will help you to develop your skills, through practice, so that you can more effectively improve and achieve your goals.

We hope you’ll join us. I also hope you’re inspired by what Mary Greeley Medical Center has done…

What are your improvement goals for 2016?


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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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