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A Lean Product in How Many Ways?


I had a bottle of a Sobe “LEAN” juice drink the other day. The “lean” name in the beverage isn't the reason I drink it. I happened to notice a little saying under the cap, “Smarter not Harder.” That seems to sum up the Lean/TPS philosophy, not just the beverage philosophy. My camera phone images aren't great, but here you go.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and 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 the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus. He is currently writing his next book, tentatively titled Measures of Success.

1 Comment
  1. Ralf says

    Hi Mark,

    seems to be that LEAN is possible in every aspect of daily life;-)

    For us Lean Thinkers that’s quite clear, but what about the others? So top management of that company has got it “smarter not harder”.



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