A Word from the Lean Blog Sponsors


Dear Lean Blog Readers:

I try hard to not bombard you with commercial messages, but I do want to take a minute to recognize three of the sponsors that allow me to bring these free resources to you, like the blog, the podcasts, and the video podcasts.

American LED-gible, Inc. is a long-time sponsor the blog and they have renewed their sponsorship. You may have noticed their two new ads on the blog. They are a family-run, Ohio-based manufacturer of digital displays and “andon” lights that can be used in Lean Manufacturing settings. I've met the president of the company and I can say they are nice people, you should check them out here or here.


This is more a link-sharing relationship, but I do have a new partnership with and ad from The World Health Care Congress 3rd Annual Leadership Summit on Process Improvement and Business Excellence in Health Care. Whew, that's a mouthful. The event will be held in Chicago, July 28-30, 2009. You can read more about it here. I'm able to offer you a discount that will SAVE you $200 on the current registration rate when you mention PROMO CODE: UYC634! (Not valid on current registrations).

The Congress will have speakers from a number of well-known “lean hospitals” including Theda Clark Medical Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center, and the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative. Jeffrey Liker has also been confirmed as a speaker. I want to thank them for helping promote the Lean Blog in their web and printed advertisements.


Another long-time and returning sponsor is Gemba Research. They are advertising their new Gemba Academy (on-line Lean training videos featuring our good friend, Ron Pereira), and their Lean study missions to Japan.

Thanks to all of my sponsors, previous and current!

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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.

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