“I Don’t Always Ask Why, But When I Do, I Ask it 5 Times”


Last year, when Lean Memes were all the rage (or at least it was fun for a weekend), I had an artist create this image that is a parody of the beer commercial “Most Interesting Man in the World” character… and I completely forgot to post it here on the blog.

Why? Let the root cause analysis begin…

5 whys guy

We could call him “The Most Interesting Problem Solver in the World,” perhaps.

Via Zazzle, you can buy coffee mugs, t-shirts, or possibly other products with this image. With apologies to the Car Talk guys, we'll call this the “Shameless Commerce” division of LeanBlog.org. Leave a comment if I should create a different product with this image.

Honestly, this isn't a money maker… just thought I'd share a coffee mug that makes me chuckle a bit.

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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. Mike Butler says

    Cool concept mate, missed this phase – look like it was good for a laugh.

    Is this one of Ed’s Mark?

    1. Mark Graban says

      Yes, that’s Ed’s work! Great stuff, as always!

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