Great Question from the ThedaCare Weekly Report Out – Respect

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I had a chance again today to attend ThedaCare's weekly “report out,” where a few hundred people gather in an auditorium to review and celebrate their “rapid improvement events” from the past week.

I think everybody should make the trip to Appleton to attend one of these (as they are open to the public). Update: These type of report outs are no longer happening.

2018 Update: What's Going on at ThedaCare?

It's inspiring to see the reflection, the progress, the joy, and the honesty that is demonstrated in these sessions (and I've been lucky to attend six or so over the last four years).

One key question that was discussed as a reflection for each RIE team:

“How is the new process more respectful of people?”

I love that question. It's a very powerful representation of their stance that, as Toyota would say, that the measurable benefits of improvement work are NOT the only thing that matters. Each team was able to explain how the new process was more respectful – respecting people's time, talents, and abilities. It's amazing to see.

2018 Update: What's Going on at ThedaCare?


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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.

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