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Funny ‘Family Guy’ Clip that Illustrates Disdain for Manufacturing; Plus a Clip from FastCap, a Lean Company

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Friday, I blogged about a WIRED Magazine piece by Joel Johnson that was pretty disrespectful of manufacturing, in general, as he wrote that “every single manufacturing job ever” was “repetitive, exhausting, and [an] alienating workplace over which you have no influence or authority.” That might describe some factories, but hardly ALL.

I stumbled across this funny Family Guy clip, where Peter Griffin (a factory worker) gets heckled at the school's career day… maybe this was Joel Johnson growing up?  :-)

Check out FastCap, by comparison, a company where employees ARE engaged in creativity and continuous improvement, where “FastCap is all about growing people.”

Check out other videos from FastCap on YouTube.

Here is one recent video that shows an employee engaged in “kaizen” or continuous improvement:

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is 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. He is currently writing his next book, tentatively titled Measures of Success.

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