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What’s Up With Neckties in Healthcare?

What’s Up With Neckties in Healthcare?

It’s a simple question: what’s up with so many men wearing ties in healthcare? Are you / they wearing them because you like to, want to, or have to? When I worked at a video game and computer software store in high school, I had to wear a shirt and tie. This was the era […]

By December 17, 2014 11 Comments Read More →
Video: The Culture is Staff Input; Info & Survey About a Class on Kaizen at Franciscan St. Francis Health

Video: The Culture is Staff Input; Info & Survey About a Class on Kaizen at Franciscan St. Francis Health

Here’s the latest in our series of videos about Kaizen and a culture of continuous improvement at Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis. Scroll down in this post for a survey that Joe Swartz and I are doing about a workshop / class we are going to hold on site this spring in Indianapolis. The staff […]

By December 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Scheduling Time for Breaks, Lunch, and Kaizen

Scheduling Time for Breaks, Lunch, and Kaizen

Call me old fashioned, but I figure any employee who works a full day deserves proper breaks, including a lunch break. This is true for nurses who work ten hour shifts. And, it’s especially true for the 65% of nurses who have worked a 12 or 13-hour shift. Many studies show that fatigue and errors […]

By December 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Good Ideas, Lean Ideas, Keep Crossing the Pacific

Good Ideas, Lean Ideas, Keep Crossing the Pacific

The ideas, principles, and methods that we’d recognize as “Lean” aren’t exclusively of Japanese origin. Many of us, myself included, draw inspiration from Toyota, reading books about them and visiting their factories. For me, I’ve had a chance to visit Toyota plants in Japan, California, and Texas, and the story is very consistent. As Masaaki […]

By December 8, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
10% Discount Code — Upcoming Class in January with Jim Benson – Personal Kanban & Kaizen

10% Discount Code — Upcoming Class in January with Jim Benson – Personal Kanban & Kaizen

I’m happy to be partnering up again with my friend and fellow contrarian rabble-rouser Jim Benson to do a full-day workshop on Lean for knowledge work settings. It’s going to be held in San Francisco on Thursday, January 29. Learn more and register – Save 10% using discount code “leanblog” In the morning, Jim will enthrall you […]

By December 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Words vs. Simple Visuals; A Secret About Japanese Hospitals

Words vs. Simple Visuals; A Secret About Japanese Hospitals

This tweet and photo made me chuckle the other day… If it’s “your right” or “your left” as you’re going up or down the stairs, collisions are going to happen if everybody followed these instructions: No, it won't. pic.twitter.com/2iJ3POnrDB — Nille af Ekenstam (@nilrod) November 27, 2014 In Japan, during our recent tour, I saw […]

By December 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
How Engaging Everyone in Kaizen Saves this Hospital Leader Time Lots of Time

How Engaging Everyone in Kaizen Saves this Hospital Leader Time Lots of Time

A few weeks back, I posted the first new video from my Healthcare Kaizen co-author‘s health system: “Endoscopy Nurses are “Kaizen Crazy” at Franciscan St. Francis Health!” Today’s post includes the second video and, as I add new ones, you can view the whole series here on the blog or via a YouTube playlist. In this […]

By December 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Reflections: If I Hadn’t Moved From Lean Manufacturing to Lean Healthcare

Reflections: If I Hadn’t Moved From Lean Manufacturing to Lean Healthcare

I just got back from Japan last night and I’m going to take it easy during this Thanksgiving week. Rest and family time are high priorities, of course, as I’m sure they are for many of you. I will be reflecting a lot on my trip and I’ll be writing more posts about the trip […]

By November 24, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
SAFETY – Question Your Assumptions

SAFETY – Question Your Assumptions

Mark’s note: Today’s guest post is by Brian Buck, a fellow lean healthcare  practitioner who blogged until about two years ago at his site “Improve With Me.”  Recently, I took my son to his primary care provider and the doctor asked if I would like a flu shot for my four year old son.  I […]

By November 19, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Unclear on the Lean Concept: Gemba Walks

Unclear on the Lean Concept: Gemba Walks

Here’s the third cartoon collaboration with artist Carrie Howarth, CMA (AAMA), a workflow facilitator at a health system in Florida. See all of the cartoons here. More to come! This cartoon is not inspired by any particular incident or any real health system, but it was based off my random thought about what would happen IF a […]

By November 17, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Follow our Japan Lean Healthcare Tour via Twitter

Follow our Japan Lean Healthcare Tour via Twitter

Konichiwa from Nagoya! Starting today, we have a group of 18 people here in Japan, including 13 doctors, some nurses, and healthcare senior leaders from around the world. I’ll eventually be blogging about aspects of the trip, but you can follow along in somewhat real time via Twitter this week. Mr Masaaki Imai now talks […]

By November 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
This Awesome Video Shows What Kaizen Looks Like at Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network

This Awesome Video Shows What Kaizen Looks Like at Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network

Thanks to my friend (and future co-author) Mike Stoecklein for sharing this video (and a blog post) about his Healthcare Value Network visit to Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network. The video shows many employees from many different departments at what they call an “ACT Fair” – an improvement fair where different departments highlight how they “act” to improve. […]

By November 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Must Listen: CBC Radio Piece on #Lean in Ontario, ThedaCare, and Saskatchewan

Must Listen: CBC Radio Piece on #Lean in Ontario, ThedaCare, and Saskatchewan

I was thankful to find this CBC Radio news story / podcast from the program “White Coat Black Art,” hosted by Dr. Brian Goldman: The Toyota Way for Healthcare It’s just under 30 minutes long and I think it’s a “must listen.” You can also get this through iTunes and your iOS device. Here are […]

By November 13, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
Video: Endoscopy Nurses are “Kaizen Crazy” at Franciscan St. Francis Health!

Video: Endoscopy Nurses are “Kaizen Crazy” at Franciscan St. Francis Health!

Today, I’m traveling to Tokyo, but I’m still thinking of the amazing nurses and leaders at Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indiana. Through my co-author Joe Swartz, the director of business transformation, their work is featured heavily in our book Healthcare Kaizen. I hope to share their examples and inspiration next week with our hosts and my […]

By November 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Traveling to Japan Tomorrow – What Questions Should I Ask?

Traveling to Japan Tomorrow – What Questions Should I Ask?

Tomorrow, I’m leaving for Japan and I’ll be with Kaizen Institute for our second Lean healthcare study tour (see a PDF about the trip). We have an incredibly diverse group, with attendees from the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, and Singapore. We’re going to learn a lot about Japan and Lean and I’m […]

By November 11, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: Organizations are Solving Problems; Are They Workarounds or Real Improvements?

Guest Post: Organizations are Solving Problems; Are They Workarounds or Real Improvements?

Mark’s note: Today’s post is a guest post by my friend and colleague Isaac Mitchell. We’ve crossed paths at conferences, including the annual Society for Health Systems conference, where he shared some of their great work on Kaizen that’s being done at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Hopefully we’ll see you there in February with keynote […]

By November 6, 2014 6 Comments Read More →
“Lean Koffie” in The Netherlands; Smells & Tastes the Same as Our “Coffee”

“Lean Koffie” in The Netherlands; Smells & Tastes the Same as Our “Coffee”

Back in September, I wrote about our most recent “Lean Coffee” gathering in San Antonio, where people from different healthcare organizations talked about their improvement efforts. As part of my visit to The Netherlands this week, Marc Rouppe van der Voort (pictured below with me), arranged a gathering of healthcare improvement professionals who participate in their […]

By November 5, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
A Week in The Netherlands

A Week in The Netherlands

This week, I’ll be in The Netherlands for the first time since my visit in 2009. I was invited that first time by Marc Rouppe van der Voort to visit St. Elisabeth Hospital (where he worked at the time) and to speak at a conference. This is where I first heard about their concept of […]

By November 3, 2014 1 Comments Read More →