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
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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