Musical Lean Memes; “Choose Lean” & “Frankie Says Relax”


Lean improvement work can be pretty intense and stressful. So, it's important to take some time for some laughs (see my past collection and links at

It's been a while since I've shared anything from my site, but my friend and guest blogger Brian Buck has contributed some funny stuff recently in a musical theme.

Wake Me Up, Before you Flow Flow:

Brian's meme inspired me to create a “CHOOSE LEAN” parody shirt that you can buy from  (or a version that also has the LeanBlog logo on the back).

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Or, there's the “CHOOSE LEAN” coffee mug that makes the coffee flow flow.

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Ah, and our new one is based on “Frankie Goes to Hollywood” and their famous “Frankie Say Relax” shirts (hat tip to Martin Burns for the idea):

The “FRANKIE SAY KAIZEN” t-shirt  and mug:

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Some other memes in that musical theme:

Sweet Caro-Lean (Ba Ba Ba!)  – Neil Diamond

Spin the Ohno Circle – Pearl Jam

Minimum Viable Prop –  Spinal Tap

#Lean Certification: Nevermind (The Sequel)  – Nirvana

Check out all of the Lean Memes here.

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Mark Graban
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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