Goofus and Gallant, Lean-Style

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One of my childhood memories was “Highlights for Kids” magazine, that staple of doctors waiting rooms. I was surprised it still exists, in print and (of course) web forms.

One thing I remember was the “Goofus and Gallant” cartoon in each issue. It was pretty heavy-handed in it's approach, drawings that compared what the “bad kid” (Goofus) would do in a scenario versus what the “good kid” (Gallant) would do.

I wondered, the other day, what Goofus and Gallant would be like if they were grown up and managing a factory or some other operation. Click for a larger view.

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Maybe we can have a caption contest. What other Goofus and Gallant captions would you suggest for the photos above?

Is anyone here an artist who could draw our own less-copyright-infringy drawings for something we might call “Doofus and Leanie”???

 


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Mark Graban
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.

6 COMMENTS

  1. (top left)
    Goofus says “We don’t have time for plan, do, or check. JUST ACT!!!”

    (top right)
    Gallant says “Let’s take a little time to discuss whether or not we’re working on a real problem.”

    (bottom left)
    Goofus says “Oh yeah. I’m a one man 5S’n machine. This doesn’t need to be here…and neither does that chair.”

    (bottom right)
    Gallant makes sure no one in the area uses the tool before he red tags it.

  2. Good news for those of you who found this amusing… I have an artist and I’m going to partner up on some “Doofus and Leanie” cartoons (or at least one as an experiment).

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