Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on Thursday. I’m not the world’s most avid fan of the Star Wars series, although I grew up with the toys. I remember seeing The Empire Strikes Back in a theatre, but I think I was too young to see the first in the series. So, I saw the series out of order (eventually catching up on VHS and seeing the re-releases in theaters).
I don’t know how much overlap there is in people who read my blog and people who are fans of Olbermann. I’ve always been a big fan of Olbermann the sports guy… Olbermann the political commentator not so much. But, “the worst persons in the world” is a bit that he’s done on MSNBC and ESPN.
I was on a long flight the other day and I watched an episode of the ABC comedy Black-ish. In episode 3 of the first season, the mother of the family, named Rainbow (her parents were hippies), is trying to impress her young daughter by showing her what it’s like to be an anesthesiologist.
Ok, for those of you who maybe find “50 Shades of Lean” to be a bit too racy, here are some sweet “candy hearts” for Valentine’s Day… Lean and Lean Startup Edition.
Create your own hearts here and submit your creations using the form below or tweet them with the hashtag #LeanValentine. There’s no prize offered other than the intrinsic pride of creation and sharing. I’ll post submitted hearts that I like as comments below the post.
My wife and I were late to the wildly popular podcast “Serial,” but we listened to the first six episodes while traveling over the holidays. I ran hot and cold on the serialized non-fiction story about a murder… it was somewhat interesting, but a bit drawn out. The show requires a lot of patience (and at least eight hours of listening).
This commercial made me chuckle as somebody who has bought and used a lot of Brother label makers.
The video is meant to comically show the ill effects of a lack of labeling in a circus A/V control room (I saw this posted on Facebook by a college friend who does professional lighting design work for rock bands and pop stars). This clearly resonated with him (and I bet he labels things).
Last week, I published my first cartoon collaboration with a skilled artist (and medical assistant), Carrie Schurman.
You might call that cartoon “Strategy Dog-ployment.”
None of us expect this to be a weekly thing, but sometimes you strike when inspiration hits.
I’ve been fortunate to partner up with other artists before and today’s cartoon is a new collaboration with Carrie Schurman, CMA (AAMA), a workflow facilitator at a health system in Florida.
We all know the beaver is “the engineer of the animal kingdom.” That’s why MIT has a beaver as a mascot… it’s an engineer who likes to build things and is generally nocturnal, an apt description of MIT students.
“Weird Al” Yanokvic skewers corporate buzzwords in this new song and music video.
He also skewers the now-tired “hand writing on a white board” style of corporate videos, which I think is even more brilliant of him.
And, now to the lighter side of Lean for the weekend.
Hat tip to my friend and author Naida Grunden for pointing out this funny news story… apparently the State of Washington has to translate their web pages into different languages… the Spanish translation turned “lean practices” into “skinny cow handling.” I don’t think this has anything to do with “Skinny Cow” brand ice cream and products…
Next class: Boston, May 20, 2015
I was thinking yesterday about the “Lean for Knowledge Work” seminars I’m doing with Jim Benson and I was thinking that Kaizen and “Personal Kanban” are such a good combination, it’s like the old Reese’s Peanut Butter cups TV commercial.
Here’s a funny ESPN commercial featuring golfer Rickie Fowler.
Fowler is pouring coffee, yet he makes some bad assumptions about which coffee is decaf and about the “milk” being bad (compounded by the joke that he’s supposedly color blind).
Kudos to Mike Micklewright for putting together this clever parody of the Chrysler ad that aired during the Super Bowl – Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer.”
Here is “So God Made a Quality Manager”:
With apologies to The Beatles and Dr. John Toussaint:
“Kaizen Culture” (sung to “Revolution” by The Beatles)
You say you want a kaizen culture
Well, you know
We all want to change our work
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to improve the work
But when you talk ’bout suggestion boxes
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be kaizen
Last year, when Lean Memes were all the rage (or at least it was fun for a weekend), I had an artist create this image that is a parody of the beer commercial “Most Interesting Man in the World” character… and I completely forgot to post it here on the blog.
Why? Let the root cause analysis begin…