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A New Workshop from Norman Bodek: The Harada Method

A New Workshop from Norman Bodek: The Harada Method

ReflectionsMark’s Note: I’m sharing this material about a new workshop that my friend and mentor Norman Bodek is debuting in October… plus his writeup just makes for interesting reading. This is not an advertisement, it’s something I’m sharing out of my respect for Norman and his contributions to Lean and Kaizen education… and yesterday was his birthday!

Norman’s workshop info:

Please join me the week of October 3rd for a Harada Workshop on how to motivate and guide your associates to reach their highest human potential

“Virtually everyone can be successful in life.” – Takashi Harada

By August 13, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
A Call for (Daily) Healthcare Kaizen Examples

A Call for (Daily) Healthcare Kaizen Examples

Light Bulb No. 2As regular readers know, I’m working on a second book: Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Improvements. My co-author, Joe Swartz, and I have a lot of examples of “daily kaizen” that will be shared in the book. The idea isn’t to copy the specific ideas as much as it is to illustrate the methods for getting, implementing, and sustaining small, low-cost, low-risk improvements that make people’s work easier and improve patient care.

Do you have examples you would want to share and maybe have published?

Joe’s organization, Franciscan St. Francis Health, has been using the “Quick and Easy Kaizen” method, as taught by Norman Bodek, for at least five years with great results. In this method, improvements are written up in a “Kaizen Report,” as shown below:

Does Setting a Goal for Number of Kaizens Violate “Kaizen Spirit”?

Does Setting a Goal for Number of Kaizens Violate “Kaizen Spirit”?

targetsIn discussions of “kaizen” (the Japanese word that is translated to “continuous improvement” or “change for the better”), I often hear of organizations talk about getting goals and targets for the number of kaizen ideas that employees come up with in a year?

Long story short, the question for debate today: Does getting a goal or target violate the spirit of kaizen?

Happy Birthday, Norman Bodek!

Celebrate Norm’s birthday by checking out one of our audio or video podcasts that we’ve done together (the audio podcast was actually his idea, back in 2006!):

  • Episode #1 (7/16/06) –  Norman Bodek discusses kaizen and employee suggestion systems.
  • Episode #2 (8/4/06) – Second interview with  Norman Bodek, discussing how to stop blaming employees and how to manage in a Toyota Production System manner.
  • Episode #7: (10/23/06) Another discussion with  Norman Bodek, focused on Toyota’s response to recent quality problems
By August 12, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Podcast #95 – Norman Bodek “How to Do Kaizen”

Podcast #95 – Norman Bodek “How to Do Kaizen”

Also available as Video Podcast #11, Episode #95 of the LeanBlog Podcast  features  Norman Bodek talking about some of the ideas in his most recent book, How to do Kaizen: A new path to innovation – Empowering everyone to be a problem solver. Late in the podcast, Norman asks and answers an interesting question: what if an employee suggests “we should blow up the factory”??

This was recorded in March 2010, with Norman appearing from his office in Portland, OR.

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Video Podcast #11 – Norman Bodek, “How to Do Kaizen” Part 1

Video #11 features  Norman Bodek talking about some of the ideas in his most recent book, How to do Kaizen: A new path to innovation – Empowering everyone to be a problem solver. Late in the podcast, Norman asks and answers an interesting question: what if an employee suggests “we should blow up the factory”??

This was recorded in March 2010, with Norman appearing from his office in Portland, OR.

Highlights from Shingo Prize Conference, Day 1

Highlights from Shingo Prize Conference, Day 1

I’m here at the Shingo Prize conference for the second year in a row. Lots of good networking and talks/panels. I’ll share a few quotes and highlights, along with a picture of my friend and sometimes guest blogger, Adam Zak.

This post (and part 2, to come) will include:

  • Notes from Bruce Hamilton’s talk
  • Former HHS Secretary Michael Levitt’s comments on healthcare
  • A few follow ups on the healthcare panel discussions
  • Dr. Stephen Covey

A Potpourri of Upcoming Lean Events

A Potpourri of Upcoming Lean Events

In this post, I’m going to tell you about some upcoming Lean events I’m involved in – planning, producing, or participating.

  • Eric Ries “Lean Startups” Webinar for LEI
  • Shingo Prize Conference
  • Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit

I think these will all be high-quality public events, so please check them out.

Happy New Year! Have a “Stop Doing” List?

Happy New Year to my blog readers! Do you have any “lean resolutions” for the year 2010? Feel free to share them, if you like, in the comments section for this post. Here were some resolutions from two years ago, if anyone wants to revisit those.

Alternatively, taking a cue from Jim Collins via Matthew E. May, do you have any “stop doing” items for 2010, things that you’ll stop doing or do less of to free up time for the things you should do? Here is Matthew’s blog post on the topic from earlier in 2009 (I almost typed, “earlier this year”).

By December 31, 2009 5 Comments Read More →
Hospitals Saving Millions with Staff Suggestions

Hospitals Saving Millions with Staff Suggestions

In the past week, I found two articles about hospitals that are engaging staff members through suggestion programs.  Employee suggestions are a core part of Lean and the Toyota Production System. There’s so much wasted potential when hospitals don’t get people engaged in improving their work and improving processes. This is wasted potential in terms of patient care not being better and hospitals not saving money, but also wasted potential in terms of not letting people feel good about improving their workplace (an example of the “waste of human potential” that’s often talked about as one of the “Eight Types of Waste.”

By November 30, 2009 8 Comments Read More →
Happy Thanksgiving from WKRP

Happy Thanksgiving from WKRP

As Thanksgiving approaches, a friend recommended re-watching the classic WKRP in Cincinnati “Turkey Drop” episode.

Early in the episode, there’s a little scene where the station manager, Mr. Carlson, asks Les Nessman, the news director, how things are going.

By November 25, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

LeanBlog Video Podcast #7 – Norman Bodek, Part 2

Video #7 is a continuation of Episode #3 with Norman Bodek recounting his early trips to Japan and learning about kaizen, just in time, and Lean.

For audio podcast episodes, please visit www.leanpodcast.org. For video podcasts, visit www.leanvideopodcast.org.

Save $1 Trillion in Healthcare Costs with Lean and the Toyota Production System

I blogged earlier about the Obama administration’s announcement that the healthcare industry is promising $2 Trillion in savings (reduced cost increases) over the next 10 years. Hooray, we set a goal.

LeanBlog Video Podcast #3 – Norman Bodek

This is the first of four video segments with the “godfather of lean” Norman Bodek, President of PCS Press. In these videos, Norman talks about how he got started with learning about Lean in Japan and how he started to spread these practices in the U.S.

Norman Bodek Video – Introduction to Quick and Easy Kaizen

Norman Bodek’s newly redesigned website at PCSPress.com has a nice personal introductory video that he’s made an embedded into the site. Stay tuned here for some upcoming Video Podcasts that I’ve recorded with Norman about his story.

An Inadvertent Lean Role Model?

FOXNews.com – Mystery Celebrity Link

You’ll have to click on the above link to see who said the following (the link is from Fox News and is absolutely safe for work, for those who are not trusting the link).

Podcasts with Norman Bodek

I want to thank Norman Bodek for, back in 2006, giving me the idea to do these Podcasts. Norman is right, an idea is a “gift” and I thank him for sharing his ideas and time with me.

Here are the Podcasts I have done with Norman:

LeanBlog Podcast #61 – Norman Bodek, Continued from #55

LeanBlog Podcast #61 – Norman Bodek, Continued from #55

Norman Bodek is once again back for episode #61 of the LeanBlog Podcast, talking about his discovery of a unique system in Japan, at Canon, called the “Super Meister” system that trains employees to be able to build an entire copier on their own. This was introduced in Episode #55 of the Podcast. Norman also talks a little more about Gerry Corrigan and his Lean/5S work in Ireland, employee ideas, and his video terminal that allows him to teach people remotely.

By February 12, 2009 0 Comments Read More →