Ten “Everyday Lean” Examples of Creativity over Capital

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lifehackerThere's a fun post on Lifehacker with photos of (and links to details on) ten clever household “hacks.”

In the “kaizen” mindset, there's a great value placed on using “creativity over capital” or “putting your mind before your wallet.” There's usually more than one way to solve a problem and the most expensive way isn't always the best way (such as this $750,000 lab automation system that's intended to prevent labeling errors instead of just having a good process).

Anyway, here is the Lifehacker post:  Top 10 Awesome MacGyver Tricks That Speak For Themselves.

Do you use any of these? Will you now? Which is your favorite?

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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.

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3 Comments
  1. Ron Pereira says

    I love the “Organize Cables with Toilet Paper Tubes” hack. Brilliant idea!

  2. Tanya says

    I think the perfect pancakes is awesome! All of my pancakes looks all messy every time.

  3. John Gallagher says

    Will definitely try the rubber band to remove a stripped screw! Being a lover of sticky notes, I appreciate the way to keep the dust off the floor as well. My wife might, too!!

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