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 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.

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