Norm Bodek & The Harada Method – Article and Free Webinar


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Our good friend Norman Bodek asked me to share this with you about the Harada Method, which (as he says) “promises to create workers who are masters of their positions and champions of continuous improvement — at little to no cost.”

You can read an article about this at IndustryWeek:  “How America Can Fight Back Against Low-Cost Labor in China” and you can also register for a free webinar on the Harada Method.

What is the Harada Method? From the article:

The recipe is one part  monozukuri  (which, loosely translated, means craftsmanship, or product excellence) and one part  hitozukuri(an organization's commitment to the lifelong development of its employees, or people excellence), and it's steeped in respect for workers.

It's called the  Harada Method, and it's designed to help shop-floor workers develop their skills and capabilities — on their own.

And it continues:

Bodek notes that the Harada Method is enormously popular [55000 people at 380 companies] in Japan, for much the same reasons that American manufacturers are taking an interest in it. Japan, like the United States, is struggling to compete with low-cost labor in China and other emerging economies.

“But they can compete by raising the skill level of [their] companies,” Bodek says.

I don't know too much about this approach yet, but I think it bears looking into. Learn more from the article or the webinar.

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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. His latest book has been released as an "in-progress" book, titled Measures of Success.

  1. Shmuel Korb says

    Hi Mark-

    Thanks for the update.

    While I do enjoy coming to the “Un-official Norman Bodek Fan Page” (also known as the Lean Blog), I was wondering – do you know if Norman Bodek (or a professional representative of his) has his own blog/news feed?

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