Webinar: Success with Lean for the Long-Term Under Short-Term Pressure


On Thursday, August 10, I played the role of host for our latest KaiNexus webinar. It's being presented by Warren Stokes, Director of Process Improvement at HonorHealth, a health system in Arizona.

The title of the webinar is:

How to Leverage Lean for Long-Term Success (Under Short-Term Pressures)

You can register here to view the recording.

I did a 10-minute podcast with Warren to preview the topic, which you can read about and listen to here.

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Mark Graban, our VP of Improvement and Innovation Services, kicked off the preview interview with Stokes by asking how he defines long-term success.

For Stokes, success is all about sustainability.

“Long-term success around continuous improvement would look like a full operating system that's sustainable, that… provides the core and spirit for an organization in which 100% of its stakeholders are committed to continue improving and moving forward on both incremental improvements and strategic innovation,” he said.

There are many short-term pressures and concerns in healthcare.

Focusing on the long-term is really challenging, in any industry.

I think it's no accident that Principle #1 of The Toyota Way philosophy says:

Base your management decisions on a long-term philosophy, even at the expense of short-term financial goals.

That's the FIRST principle, yet it seems so many organizations aren't trying to emulate that. Nobody ever emails me asking how they can get better at having a long-term perspective.

It's probably fair to say that trying to copy Toyota or “implementing Lean” is going to be a struggle if your organization isn't holding to the first first principle that has probably led to so much of Toyota's success?

Dr. W. Edwards Deming also focused on having a long-term perspective, as John Hunter has written about on the Deming Institute blog.

I enjoyed Warren's webinar. Click here to view it.

I'd love to hear your thoughts about what you've done to help focus more on long-term decision making in your work or organization.

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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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