Off to Japan… Time to Learn and Be Inspired!


Greetings! I'm off to Japan today and next week is my third “Lean Healthcare Study Trip” in the country. As I asked in 2012, what questions would you want me to ask or try to get answered while I'm there? Please post a comment at the bottom of this post.

Since I have to moderate comments to prevent spam and my time zone will be about 12 hours off from my readers in the U.S. (which is about 70% of blog traffic and most of the comments), I won't be publishing many blog posts until my return on March 5th.

I might blog from Japan. I will definitely be sharing highlights and some photos on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram along the way. I'll quite certainly be sharing blog posts about the trip when I return.

You can read posts about my first two trips:

Visiting the Toyota Museum in Nagoya

Andon Cords at the Toyota Takaota Plant – It Doesn't Come Naturally?

Standardized Work: “Unity in the Essential, Liberty in the Non-Essential…”

The “Gold Prize” Kaizen QC Project Saved How Much?

A Japanese Hospital CEO on Kaizen, Innovation, and Breakthrough

A Small Batch of Bread, Other Random Japan Pictures

Japan Tour Reflections: Taking Home Lean Artifacts or Lean Thinking?

Japan Trip: Going to Gemba and Seeing 5S at a Japanese Hospital

Our Toyota Tour Guide's Small Improvement — Kaizen in Action

“Quality Circles” Are Alive & Well in Japanese Organizations; We Might Call it A3 Problem Solving

The Kaizen Approach to Getting Others Comfortable with Sushi

Good Ideas, Lean Ideas, Keep Crossing the Pacific

Words vs. Simple Visuals; A Secret About Japanese Hospitals

My Visit to the Toyota Tsutsumi Plant, Part 1

Visiting and Touring the Toyota Tsutsumi Plant, Part 2

5S: The Good, the Bad, and the Extreme in Japanese Hospitals

More to come!

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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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