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

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

In 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 […]

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 […]

By August 12, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Podcast #95 – Norman Bodek “How to Do Kaizen” – Part 1

Podcast #95 – Norman Bodek “How to Do Kaizen” – Part 1

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File |  AAC File (run time 10:54) 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. […]

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”?? […]

Audio from 3rd “Lean Nation” Appearance – Talking Lean Healthcare Again

I was again brought in for somewhat last-minute guest again on Karl Wadensten’s radio show “The Lean Nation” last Thursday. You can click here for the direct MP3 file download or you can stream it via the link on this page. Instructions for subscribing to the podcast via RSS can be found here, too. From […]

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 […]

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. About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a […]

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 […]

By December 31, 2009 5 Comments Read More →

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 […]

By November 30, 2009 8 Comments Read More →

Happy Thanksgiving from WKRP

As Thanksgiving approaches, a friend recommended re-watching the classic WKRP in Cincinnati “Turkey Drop” episode (the full episode is available via Hulu). 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. Nessman’s somewhat fearful response reminds me of the old […]

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. You can also go to YouTube to watch (the full series can be found there.) Video (YouTube […]

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. The announcements were light on how to do this… generalities such as “increase hospital efficiency.” Again, sounds great, but how? It’s not going to […]

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. For audio podcast episodes, please visit www.leanpodcast.org. For video […]

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. About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author […]

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). “‘I’m going to make mistakes and I wouldn’t trade that for anything because I always say […]

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: Episode #1 (7/16/06) – Norman Bodek discusses kaizen […]

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

First off, Adam Zak has a new job posting on the Lean Board (click here). 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 […]

By February 12, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Two Days with Norman Bodek

Two Days with Norman Bodek

I’m going to be away from the blog today and tomorrow. I’m in Vancouver, Washington, lucky enough to spend two days with Norman Bodek, receiving training on his “Quick and Easy Kaizen” methodology. Subscribe via RSS | Lean Blog Main Page | Podcast | Twitter @leanblog Please check out my main blog page at www.leanblog.org […]

By January 16, 2009 0 Comments Read More →