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.

Click on the cartoon for a larger version.

Text by Mark Graban, Artwork by Ed Butler:



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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published 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.

  1. Brian Buck says

    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!

  2. Dan Markovitz says


    Maybe it should be called “Lamey and Leanie”? After all, you’re the guy who came up with LAME.

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