Doofus and Leanie Cartoon #1 – Gemba


Back in February, I did a parody of a “Goofus and Gallant” cartoon, if you remember them from “Highlights for Kids” magazine that was in every doctor's office and dentist's waiting room.

I was having some concerns about copyright infringement, and I asked if anyone was interested in doing some drawings for some original items. I got a response from a Lean Blog reader, Mike, in New Zealand (what a global Lean world, this is!). His son, Ed, is the artist for this and future efforts.

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Text by Mark Graban, Artwork by Ed Butler:


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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.


  1. I love it! Very visual and a great message. I will have to bite my tongue next time I want to call a manager Doofus when they manage from an office!


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