Weekend Fun: Skinny Cow Handling

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skinnycow1And, now to the lighter side of Lean for the weekend.

Hat tip to my friend and author Naida Grunden for pointing out this funny news story… apparently the State of Washington has to translate their web pages into different languages… the Spanish translation turned “lean practices” into “skinny cow handling.” I don't think this has anything to do with “Skinny Cow” brand ice cream and products

See the video here:

Now go handle those skinny cows!

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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.

3 Comments
  1. Tim Pettry says

    Mark,

    Thanks for sharing. This may not be as far from the truth as you think!

    If you and your readers are interested in learning more about “lean practices” in the dairy industry, I’ll be co-presenting with Jeff Weisel, CEO of Chosen Acres at the up-coming Shingo Conference in Sandusky, OH on May 7th.

    LINK

    Follow this link, if you would like to read a little more about how Jeff and I met and the work that Jeff is doing.

    http://wp.me/p1GIql-4U

    Looking forward to seeing you at the conference!

    Tim

    1. Mark Graban says

      Wow. Thanks for sharing that, Tim!

      Looking forward to seeing you in June at the Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit.

  2. […] Mark Graban recently posted a funny story about government websites losing something in their translation to Spanish.  In Washington state, the term “Lean Practices” translated as “Skinny Cow Handling”.  See the story here.  https://www.leanblog.org/2014/02/weekend-fun-skinny-cow-handling/ […]

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