Tag: Books

First Look: “Management on the Mend” by Dr. John Toussaint

First Look: “Management on the Mend” by Dr. John Toussaint

At this year’s Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit (see my summary here) Dr. John Toussaint talked about and introduced his newly released book Management on the Mend, a follow up to 2010’s On the Mend. Summit attendees received a copy of the book, so they’re the first to have a chance to read this important work. The book can now […]

#Throwback Thursday: Creating the New American Hospital

#Throwback Thursday: Creating the New American Hospital

Today’s Throwback Thursday is a look back at a 1993 book that I purchased in 2011 on somebody’s recommendation. It was probably one of those used books you can buy for a penny on Amazon… Creating the New American Hospital: A Time for Greatness. It’s indeed available for a penny today. I had flipped through the […]

Podcast #217 – Alan Robinson, The Idea-Driven Organization

Podcast #217 – Alan Robinson, The Idea-Driven Organization

MP3 File (run time 38:53) Our guest today is Alan G. Robinson, PhD, an award-winning author, educator, researcher and consultant. He has co-authored six books, including Modern Approaches to Manufacturing Improvement: The Shingo System, Ideas Are Free, and his latest, The Idea-Driven Organization. His specialties include managing continuous improvement, creativity, ideas and innovation, and Lean production, being […]

Podcast #214: Michael Ballé, Lead With Respect

Podcast #214: Michael Ballé, Lead With Respect

MP3 File (run time 42:37) Today’s guest is Michael Ballé, an author of many novels about Lean management, published by the Lean Enterprise Institute. He joins us for this episode from Paris (he shares many photos of “Paris moments” via his Twitter account @Michael_Balle). Michael and his father, Freddy, have collaborated on these books and have […]

By February 2, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
“Four Days with Dr. Deming”

“Four Days with Dr. Deming”

I had planned on chilling out over the holidays by reading some books that aren’t related to Lean, Kaizen, etc. Novels are not normally my thing and I started reading How Doctors Think, which had been on my Kindle to-read list for a while. It stopped reading after about four chapters… might pick it up again […]

By January 7, 2015 9 Comments Read More →
Podcast #212 – David Mann, “Creating a Lean Culture, 3rd. Ed.”

Podcast #212 – David Mann, “Creating a Lean Culture, 3rd. Ed.”

MP3 File (run time 51:25) Today’s guest is David Mann (bio), talking about the new 3rd edition of his Shingo Research Award winning book Creating a Lean Culture. David tells us what’s new in the book and we discuss “leader standard work” and other elements of a Lean culture. David also talks about the difference between “Lean […]

By December 30, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Podcast #208 – Michael Bremer, “How to Do a Gemba Walk”

Podcast #208 – Michael Bremer, “How to Do a Gemba Walk”

MP3 File (run time 36:24) Joining me for episode #208 is Michael Bremer, author of the recently released eBook How to Do a Gemba Walk. Michael is president of The Cumberland Group, a business improvement consulting firm based in Illinois. In today’s episode, Michael talks about different types of gemba walks, key behaviors that need to […]

By September 9, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Podcast #206 – Ed Pound, “Factory Physics for Managers”

Podcast #206 – Ed Pound, “Factory Physics for Managers”

MP3 File (run time 38:55) My guest for episode #206 is Ed Pound, co-author of the book Factory Physics for Managers: How Leaders Improve Performance in a Post-Lean Six Sigma World that was released in April. It is, of course, a new version of the original Factory Physics textbook that I used in college and was the subject […]

By August 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
On Amazon, Publishers, and Book Prices

On Amazon, Publishers, and Book Prices

I’m an avid book buyer, book reader, and published book author. Amazon is one of my favorite places to shop, not just for books. I first bought a book from Amazon back in 1997 before I went to MIT. There has been a lot of controversy over Amazon fighting with Hachette, a major publisher. Hachette accuses […]

Podcast #204 – Paul Plsek, Lean & Innovation at Virginia Mason

Podcast #204 – Paul Plsek, Lean & Innovation at Virginia Mason

MP3 File (run time 34:37) Joining me today for Episode #204 is Paul Plsek (@PaulPlsek) and we’re talking about his excellent book (a Shingo Research Award recipient this year) titled Accelerating Health Care Transformation with Lean and Innovation: The Virginia Mason Experience. Virginia Mason, of course, is Virginia Mason Medical Center, the outstanding Lean organization […]

A Book, a Webinar, a Workshop & a Summit from the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value

A Book, a Webinar, a Workshop & a Summit from the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value

I am an unabashed fan of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, as you’re probably aware. For full disclosure, I was previously an employee of the Lean Enterprise Institute, a key partner of the Center. They have a lot of great information and events, so I’d like to use today’s post to share that with […]

This Newbie Has a Good Grasp of Lean

This Newbie Has a Good Grasp of Lean

I get a lot of emails from regular readers or people who have just stumbled across my blog. I try to be as helpful as I can (although I’m not really a good connection for Lean healthcare jobs that people are always looking for). One email was from somebody who has recently discovered Lean and […]

Parallels (and Differences) Between the Book “Traction” and Kaizen

Parallels (and Differences) Between the Book “Traction” and Kaizen

When I recently did a Healthcare Kaizen workshop near Detroit, I invited an old friend of mine to attend as a guest. Marisa Smith, an entrepreneur and business owner in Ann Arbor, saw the connections between my Kaizen work and a book that she uses within her company and with her clients: Traction: Get a Grip […]

By February 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Learn How to Read My Books for Just $5 to $15

Learn How to Read My Books for Just $5 to $15

My books are generally well reviewed, thankfully. But, I realize they aren’t inexpensive. The prices are set by my publisher and the prices were increased a few bucks for Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen. The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen was left untouched, thankfully. I’m always happy when Amazon discounts the books from the list price. I really am. […]

By January 7, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: Book Chapter on VIBCO and “Captain Karl”

Guest Post: Book Chapter on VIBCO and “Captain Karl”

Mark’s note: Today’s guest post is an excerpt from the book Remarkable by Toby LaVigne. Toby’s bio can be found at the bottom of this post. In this chapter from the book, Toby writes about a good friend of mine and of this blog – Karl Wadensten, the President of VIBCO. You can watch or listen […]

By December 16, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Podcast #186 – Jon Miller, “Creating a Kaizen Culture”

Podcast #186 – Jon Miller, “Creating a Kaizen Culture”

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 37:36) My guest for episode #186 is my friend Jon Miller, CEO of Kaizen Institute  and long-time blogger at Gemba Panta Rei. Today, we’re talking about his upcoming book, Creating a Kaizen Culture: Align the Organization, Achieve Breakthrough Results, and Sustain the Gains  (co-authored by Mike Wroblewski […]

By September 19, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Now on Kindle: “The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen”

Now on Kindle: “The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen”

After the paperback release about two weeks ago, my latest book (co-authored with Joe Swartz),  The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen  is now available in Amazon’s Kindle format.  It’s currently only $16 to purchase. It’s funny how the overall extended value stream (from the publisher’s process through Amazon’s) takes longer to get an electronic book […]

By September 7, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
What I’m Reading: “Little Bets”

What I’m Reading: “Little Bets”

I’ve recently been reading an enjoyable book by Peter Sims,  Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries. The practice of Kaizen, of course, brings lots of small improvements. But, it’s often surprising how breakthrough ideas with a really impact come out of the process of identifying, exploring, implementing, and tweaking relatively small ideas. […]

By August 22, 2013 0 Comments Read More →