Podcast #241 – @DanMarkovitz, “Building the Fit Organization,” Part 1

dan-markovitzJoining me for Episode #241 is a returning guest and friend of mine, Dan Markovitz (@DanMarkovitz on Twitter). He was a guest on Episodes #135 (talking about A Factory of One) and #52 (talking more generally about office Lean). He has also written a number of guest posts here. Oh, and he has his own blog.

Today we’re talking about his most recent book Building the Fit Organization: Six Core Principles for Making Your Company Stronger, Faster, and More Competitive, which, like his first book, is a recipient of the Shingo Research and Publication Award. Congrats!

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For a link to this episode, refer people to www.leanblog.org/241.

For earlier episodes of my podcast, visit the main Podcast page, which includes information on how to subscribe via RSS, through Android appsor via Apple iTunes.  You can also subscribe and listen via Stitcher.

We ended up doing two episodes to cover the six main themes of the book. Today, we’re covering the first three:

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  • Commit to improvement.
  • Increase value. Don’t cut costs.
  • Think horizontally.

We also chat about the parallels between personal fitness and organizational “fitness,” the idea of being “fit” versus being “Lean,” and finding the right balance in using Japanese words or not. It was a fun conversation and I hope you enjoy it.

Part two of the podcast will be released either as episode #242 or #243.

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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 book 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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