Time for a Holiday Break, Relaxation, and Reflection – and “Gemba Claus”


It's time to officially go on “blog holiday” until the end of the year.

I hope it's been a great year for you, personally and professionally. It's a time to relax, celebrate, be appreciative, and reflect. “Lean thinkers” like to reflect as part of our normal practice and our improvement work. The end of year is a good time to reflect on the year and to think about the year ahead.

Gemba Claus

Gemba ClausAs I share each year…

… my parody Christmas song:

Gemba Claus is Comin' to Town.” Here is the original post with lyrics.


Other Holiday Fun:

And here's a flashback to a fun post about “Womack Claus” from three years ago:

Totally Looks Like: LEI's Jim Womack & Skinny Santa

And the tongue-in-cheek “Lean Blog Holiday Gift Guide” from last year:

How Lean Thinkers Shop? Plus the Lean Blog Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Best wishes for the new year… thanks again for being a part of my blog community.


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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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