New Year’s Lean Resolutions??


Do you have any “lean resolutions” for the new year, either personally or for your company?

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


  1. I’m going to make an extra effort to make sure people always understand the “why” behind lean decisions and lean principles. This takes extra effort, but helps with helping lean principles stick in the long term. People have to internalize concepts before they’ll really own them.

  2. My wife and I just finished our end of year car ride that lasts at least four days and gives us a chance to discuss our goals for the coming year. She threatened to make me walk home from California if I didn’t commit to a Leaner office with a heavy dose of 5S techniques. I listened and I learned that one of my stakeholders is demanding change which means other stakeholders want change but didn’t have my complete attention for a protracted period in which they could communicate. I need to continue to improve my listening and learning.

    Thank you for a great learning year in 2005. I am looking forward to more, and better, in 2006.


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