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Reopened coffee plant brightens up a devastated city

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Reopened coffee plant brightens up a devastated city – Business – International Herald Tribune:

This isn't really a lean article, per se, but if you think your factory has problems, imagine the mess at the Folgers plant and the effort it will require to get back up and running. This part of the story was a nice gesture, though (and a necessity given the circumstances, I'm sure).

“Senior plant managers joined factory workers in scrubbing the 500,000-square-foot, or 46,500-meter, plant with squeegees to prevent mold. ‘Everyone, at all levels of the organization, was wet-mopping,' Zehnder said.”

Are you grabbing the mop and helping your employees today? Are you part of a team or are you “above” them because of your job title? Something to think about….

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is currently writing his next book, tentatively titled Measures of Success.

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