What Anthony Bourdain Says is Must See TV and it Could Apply to the Practice of Kaizen


Today's post is something I wrote for the KaiNexus blog that was posted yesterday:

Anthony Bourdain on Continuous Improvement:
Be “Less Awful Every Day”

I loved this short clip of Bourdain being interviewed on the Charlie Rose program, talking about doing something new and trying to get better every day.

That's Kaizen. That's what the process of creating a culture of continuous improvement is like… learn something new, get started, get better every day. This includes the practice of Kaizen — the behaviors  and habits of staff at all levels. For example, getting better at not giving answers and solutions to your employees. Being less awful at forgetting to define a problem and jumping to a solution. “Sucking less” (as Bourdain puts it) at blaming people, things like that.

Click below to see the clip and to read my post.

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If Lean or Kaizen are new to you, did you ever expect you'd be learning this and doing this? What are you doing to continually get better at it? Do you have setbacks and missteps along the way?

Continually getting better at continually improving… or trying to…

Tweet of the Day:

Be sure to click the image link in the tweet for a good laugh… an example of a suggestion / improvement process that has plenty of room for improvement.




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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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