Tag: Kaizen

Why Kaizen is an Important Differentiator for Japanese Whisky

Why Kaizen is an Important Differentiator for Japanese Whisky

This article caught my attention the other day, primarily because I like scotch, whisky (and whiskey and bourbon). The Japanese love scotch whisky and have long produced a product that’s a variation of scotch — Japanese whisky (the lack of a standardized spelling for whiskey is an endless debate). I’ll settle on “whisky.” The article: Japanese […]

Kaizen: Giving Seven Days’ Grace on a New Idea [Video]

Kaizen: Giving Seven Days’ Grace on a New Idea [Video]

Here’s another video in the series that Joe Swartz and I shot at Franciscan St. Francis Health back in October. See them all here or via a YouTube playlist. You might remember pharmacy manager (now director) Ronda Freije from two previous videos. Here, she talks about a concept called “Seven Days’ Grace.” It’s a concept that Joe Swartz […]

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 […]

Practicing What We Preach: Kaizen for the Kaizen Cards

Practicing What We Preach: Kaizen for the Kaizen Cards

I do my best to “practice what I preach” in terms of Lean and Kaizen principles and spirit. No, I don’t have tape outlines around the items on my home office desk (which would be, at best, a superficial copying of 5S practices). But, for example, I try hard not to blame. I use checklists […]

By February 27, 2015 7 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: The Kaizen / Kata Nexus

Guest Post: The Kaizen / Kata Nexus

Mark’s note: Today’s post is written by Michael Lombard — you can find him on Twitter or read his blog “Hospital Kaizen” here. This post introduces some topics that he’ll explore in a free webinar I’ll be hosting for KaiNexus on Thursday. Click here to learn more and register (or to view the recording). The first thing […]

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of February 16, 2015, #SHS2015 Edition

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of February 16, 2015, #SHS2015 Edition

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week. Follow me @MarkGraban. See the previous installments here. If you’re reading this via email or RSS, you might get a better experience by clicking through to the website because it will display article link previews, embedded photos, […]

By February 21, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
New #Lean & #Lean Startup Candy Hearts for Valentine’s Day – #LeanValentine

New #Lean & #Lean Startup Candy Hearts for Valentine’s Day – #LeanValentine

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 […]

By February 13, 2015 9 Comments Read More →
Upcoming Kaizen Workshop in Indianapolis (April)

Upcoming Kaizen Workshop in Indianapolis (April)

I’m planning two different workshops in the coming months: Boston (canceled): “Successful Lean Teams” – Personal Kanban (with Jim Benson) and Kaizen Indianapolis 4/22-23: On-site Kaizen Workshop at Franciscan St. Francis Health System Listen to Mark Read this Post (Learn More): http://cdn.audiometric.io/3802000905.mp3 New On-Site Workshop at Franciscan St. Francis Health I mentioned it the other […]

By February 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Cartoon: The Workplace “Brain Check Station”

Cartoon: The Workplace “Brain Check Station”

Here’s my latest cartoon collaboration with a skilled artist (and medical assistant), Carrie Howarth. You can see the whole series via this link. How many organizations ask their employees to check their brain at the door? This certainly happened during my time at General Motors 20 years ago (and it had been happening for decades there). […]

By February 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
A #Kaizen Example from St. Francis: From “Flavored Snot” to Applesauce [Videos] – And a New On-Site Workshop!

A #Kaizen Example from St. Francis: From “Flavored Snot” to Applesauce [Videos] – And a New On-Site Workshop!

Here’s the latest video in the series that Joe Swartz and I shot at Franciscan St. Francis Health back in October. See them all here or via a YouTube playlist. In this video, the endoscopy nurses who previously talked about how “the culture is staff input” are back to tell a story about their favorite […]

By February 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The “Productivity Paradox” of Healthcare IT and the ROI Paradox of Kaizen

The “Productivity Paradox” of Healthcare IT and the ROI Paradox of Kaizen

I’ve been reading a preview copy of the upcoming book (due out in April) by Dr. Bob Wachter, The Digital Doctor. It’s fantastic and provides a real-world, even-handed take on healthcare IT, including EMR/EHR systems. What’s the promise, what works, what potential is unmet, and what fails miserably? It’s a great read. I’ll be interviewing […]

By February 6, 2015 12 Comments Read More →
Cool Stuff from KaiNexus – A Quiz, Video, Haikus, Webinar, and Blog Posts

Cool Stuff from KaiNexus – A Quiz, Video, Haikus, Webinar, and Blog Posts

Our team has been doing some cool stuff over on our KaiNexus website and I wanted to batch up the sharing of some of that content here. Should You Engage Your Employees In Continuous Improvement? [Quiz] I really loved this flowchart that was created by Maggie Millard, our Director of Customer Experience. It’s very tongue-in-cheek […]

By February 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Should You Engage Your Employees in Continuous Improvement?

Should You Engage Your Employees in Continuous Improvement?

Here’s a fun video that I created for KaiNexus, based on this clever flow chart. The answer, most always, is YES! If your employees are human and you really want to improve, you should engage your employees in improving safety, quality, customer satisfaction, and your bottom line. And KaiNexus can help. About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban’s […]

By February 3, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Random Super Bowl XLIX Lean-Like Moments – Katy Perry and GE

Random Super Bowl XLIX Lean-Like Moments – Katy Perry and GE

Following up my earlier post about the “Patriot Way…” During her halftime extravaganza (video), Katy Perry had a silver strap around her wrist, attached to the microphone. It reminded me of the Nintendo Wii strap that helps prevent throwing the controller (Update: I’m not the only one to think this and it might literally be a Wii […]

By February 1, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Webinar Previews: Lean is All About People? Leadership Behaviors for Kaizen

Webinar Previews: Lean is All About People? Leadership Behaviors for Kaizen

Tomorrow afternoon, I’m doing two different webinars that I hope you’ll want to sign up for. Even if you can’t attend live, I’d encourage you to register in advance so you can get links sent to you automatically to view these on demand. Both webinars will be recorded and links will be sent out to those who registered. […]

By January 26, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Looking back at the Toyota Tsutsumi plant tour, part 1

Looking back at the Toyota Tsutsumi plant tour, part 1

I’ve been overdue in writing more posts about our Japan tour that took place two months ago now. See previous posts in this series. I’m going to try to do one post a week on this topic. It’s always fascinating to visit a Toyota plant and it’s even more so to visit with healthcare professionals. […]

By January 20, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Putting Up Signs and Shooting Down Ideas

Putting Up Signs and Shooting Down Ideas

A friend sent me a link to this article, “7 cultural concepts we don’t have in the U.S.,” and he told me to check out item #5 in the list – Kaizen in Japan. By the way, if you ever see articles that you think I might want to read or blog about, contact me […]

By January 20, 2015 12 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 →