Going Out Through the "Open Door"

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Kent Blumberg: Open door policies that work

Here's another interesting take on the practice of managers going to the Gemba. Kent writes about why “open door” policies that involve waiting for employees to come through that open door to your office aren't as effective as open doors that take you out to the Gemba.

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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. His latest book has been released as an "in-progress" book, titled Measures of Success.

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