A Chance for Learning and Mentoring in DFW – Industry and Healthcare


I want to tell you about an event I'm helping to plan for people in the DFW area. This is a small, by-invitation event, for senior manufacturing leaders who have significant lean experience and senior healthcare executives (primary the C-level). We are calling it “Manufacturing Lean Healthcare: Bypass the Trial & Error Approach.”

The goal is to get these leaders together in the room for a morning, with the aim of sparking a mentoring and mutual learning relationship between a manufacturer and a healthcare delivery organization. It's a great chance for healthcare leaders to learn from those with more lean transformation experience and a chance for manufacturers to help their community and impact their healthcare costs… while also improving quality.

The meeting is the morning of March 11 in the Dallas – Fort Worth area, the day after the LEI Lean Transformation Summit. Dr. John Toussaint will be attending to share his experiences of being mentored by lean manufacturing leaders including Dan Ariens, CEO of Ariens, and George Koenigsaecker, as he wrote about in his book On the Mend: Revolutionizing Healthcare to Save Lives and Transform the Industry.

You can read more about the meeting via the forwarding link https://www.leanblog.org/dfw. There's information online as well as a downloadable PDF.

If you are interested in attending and participating, let me know via my blog here, or use the contact info on the web page.

If you're from outside of the DFW area, we'll have to say “no thanks” because we think the mentoring needs to be local to be effective. But, I am willing to talk to you about helping you set up a similar meeting in your community.

I know we also have a lot of experienced consultants who might want to attend the meeting or help, but we're going to limit the meeting to manufacturing leaders who can, for example, host tours at their facilities as part of that mentoring relationship.

If you fall outside of the DFW senior leadership categories, you can still help by passing word to others – either inside your organization or to colleagues you might know in the DFW area.

Here is an internet radio interview with the organizers, Mark Graban and Mark Sessumes of TMAC.

Listen to internet radio with Steven C. Wilson on Blog Talk Radio

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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. Mark,

    Excellent idea! Lean principles transcend industry.

    I cut my lean teeth within industry, in manufacturing for over a dozen years (sandwiched between over a dozen in consulting). While folks learn by doing, a lot of the pain around a transformation can be avoided by learning from the experiences of others.

    I initially expected the prevailing attitude within healthcare would be something like, “you lean manufacturing guys don’t know healthcare and thus you can’t really help…” But, pleasantly I have found that the healthcare executives, providers and staff have, by and large, been very thoughtful and open.

    Best of luck with this endeavor!


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