Tag: NYTimes

Stuff I’m Reading – June 14, 2013: Sleepy Banker, Concerned Workers, Cost Diversity, Conference Diversity

Stuff I’m Reading – June 14, 2013: Sleepy Banker, Concerned Workers, Cost Diversity, Conference Diversity

It’s again time to close some browser tabs and clear out the backlog of articles I’ve wanted to share but maybe don’t merit an entire blog post… It’s time again for “Stuff I’m Reading”… Click on any header for the article I’m referencing. Banker falls asleep on keyboard and costs bank $293 million after accidentally […]

Alabama Coach Nick Saban – National Champion & Lean Thinker?

Alabama Coach Nick Saban – National Champion & Lean Thinker?

I guess that, considering last year’s blog post, this Lean thinker couldn’t really root for Notre Dame and Coach Brian Kelly Monday night in the BCS National Championship Game. Just before kickoff, ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi asked Saban, “Coach, you love to talk about process… but this game is all about results. What do you need […]

By January 9, 2013 6 Comments Read More →
Standardized, but Not Identical – College Basketballs

Standardized, but Not Identical – College Basketballs

As the main days of the men’s NCAA basketball tourney (“March Madness”) start Thursday, here’s a topic that might make for fun Lean discussion at work or something that you might possibly bore people with at a tourney watching party or your local sports bar (hello, Cliff Clavin). ;-) As a sad aside, my Northwestern […]

“The speed and flexibility is breathtaking” – But in a good way?

There has been a lot of buzz over last Sunday’s New York Times article “How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work.” It’s good to see issues of manufacturing competitiveness talked about in the media and among my Facebook friends who usually aren’t talking about factories. So why aren’t iPhones assembled here in the U.S.? […]

By January 27, 2012 34 Comments Read More →

Your Thoughts on Recent Articles about Apple, Foxconn, and China?

This week, I’ve been reading and listening to a lot of articles about working conditions at the Foxconn facilities in China. These stories are primarily focused on Apple, but nearly any computer, gadget, or mobile device is made there, ranging from iPhones to Android tablets to my Kindle Fire. I have a longer blog post […]

By January 26, 2012 Read More →

Do Happier People Work Harder? I Think So

Thanks to Andrew Bishop for posting a link to this article the other day. The New York Times had an article on Sunday titled, “Do Happier People Work Harder?” I think the answer, clearly, is yes. The outlook from a survey is bleak: People of all ages, and across income levels, are unhappy with their […]

By September 7, 2011 6 Comments Read More →
What Makes a Hospital Great? Culture

What Makes a Hospital Great? Culture

This has been sitting in my “to blog about” queue since March, but I wanted to catch up and post this article: “What Makes a Hospital Great” by Dr. Pauline Chen. Maybe it’s not very “lean” of me to have so much “work in process…. but back to the issue at hand. What DOES make […]

Revisiting Taxis, Medical Errors, and Systemic Problems

Revisiting Taxis, Medical Errors, and Systemic Problems

You might have read my blog post from last week about an unsafe taxi driver and medical errors –  Said the Unsafe Taxi Driver, “Well, Did I Hit Anybody?” In a  colossal  coincidence, the New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote a piece called “Giving Doctors Orders”  that was published the exact same day. No, […]

Interview Today with Prof. Samuel Culbert – Questions on Annual Reviews?

Interview Today with Prof. Samuel Culbert – Questions on Annual Reviews?

Today, I am recording a podcast interview with Prof. Samuel Culbert from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.  He is author of the recent NY Times piece  “Why Your Boss Is Wrong About You” and the book Get Rid of the Performance Review!: How Companies Can Stop Intimidating, Start Managing–and Focus on What Really Matters. […]

How to Make Oatmeal (or Lean)… Wrong

How to Make Oatmeal (or Lean)… Wrong

Is oatmeal good for you? It generally is…. well, unless it isn’t. Oatmeal can lower your cholesterol, is full of whole grains, and on its own isn’t sweet (it doesn’t HAVE to have tons of brown sugar added in). This New York Times article, “How to Make Oatmeal . . . Wrong” points out the […]

G.E. Rediscovers the Value in Providing Real Value to Manufacturing Customers

G.E. Rediscovers the Value in Providing Real Value to Manufacturing Customers

I’ll apologize if today’s post seems off-topic to my healthcare readers, but I have to share a link to a Sunday New York Times article about General Electric (“G.E. Goes With What It Knows: Making Stuff“). After being seduced by the idea of making easy money through “financial engineering,” G.E. is relearning that there’s value […]

By December 16, 2010 7 Comments Read More →
Virginia Mason Mentions Learnings from Toyota in Full-Page NY Times Ad

Virginia Mason Mentions Learnings from Toyota in Full-Page NY Times Ad

Hat tip to regular blog reader Andrew B. for letting me know that A17 of today’s New York Times was a full page ad placed by Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center, one of the leading examples of the use of Lean methods in healthcare. The ad, pictured below, celebrates VMMC being named as one of […]

By December 6, 2010 2 Comments Read More →
Sick Hospitals Visitors, Stay Away. Sick Doc? A-OK?

Sick Hospitals Visitors, Stay Away. Sick Doc? A-OK?

There was an interesting blog post at the New York Times: “The Doctor Is In (but Shouldn’t Be).” The piece talks about the healthcare cultural aspects that would drive or pressure a doctor to come to the hospital or the operating room, even if they’re sick. Seems like common sense to stay away when sick, […]

By October 26, 2010 6 Comments Read More →
How Can We Prevent This Medical Error?

How Can We Prevent This Medical Error?

photo credit: Stewart A number of readers emailed me a link to this New York Times article: “U.S. Inaction Lets Look-Alike Tubes Kill Patients.” The headline emphasizes the lack of governmental oversight, but I’d rather talk about the poor system design that allows deadly errors to occur. The article describes an error where food was […]

Hospital Advertises 3-Second Savings – Will the Public Care?

Hospital Advertises 3-Second Savings – Will the Public Care?

Hat tip to Helen Z. for finding this full-page print ad in the New York Times. The full ad appears below in this post, but the primary element of the ad is what you see at left – it says prominently:  “3 {seconds matter}”. It’s an ad for NYU Langone Medical Center, a hospital that […]

Lean Healthcare Featured in Sunday’s NY Times Business Page

Lean Healthcare Featured in Sunday’s NY Times Business Page

Today’s New York Times has an outstanding article about Lean Healthcare and what Seattle Children’s Hospital calls C.P.I. or Continuous Performance Improvement. The article: “Factory Efficiency Comes to the Hospital” I wish the headline had also addressed quality, waiting time, and staff engagement, but the article body does, at least. The article highlights Seattle Children’s […]

Happy Birthday Frank Gilbreth; Reducing Waste in Hospitals… Green is Lean

Happy Birthday Frank Gilbreth; Reducing Waste in Hospitals… Green is Lean

Today, July 7 is the birthday of Frank Gilbreth, born this day in 1868. While some of his methods arguably ranked low on the “respect for people” scale (calling doctors “boobs” for doing things wastefully), he was an innovator in terms of identifying waste and driving process improvement in healthcare. It was Gilbreth’s idea, based […]

Notes from Dr. Brent James at the Shingo Prize, Part 1 – MD/Admin Split

Notes from Dr. Brent James at the Shingo Prize, Part 1 – MD/Admin Split

At last week’s Shingo Prize conference, I was very excited to meet Dr. Stephen Covey (my podcast is here), but I was just as excited, if not more so, to meet Dr. Brent James, the noted healthcare quality expert from the Intermountain Healthcare system. Dr. James was on the cover of the New York Times […]