Year in Review: What are the 10 Most Read Posts of 2018?


Here are the ten most-read posts of the year, according to Google Analytics (popularity doesn't imply quality, but it's interesting to see what people are reading and sharing) — data through December 22.

You can also see a list of posts or pages have the most views, all time.

Posts Written in 2018:

#1 – 2261 views

Unleashing Potential: Shohei Ohtani, Takashi Harada, and Norman Bodek's Approach to Personal Development

#2 – 2123 views

What's Going on with Lean at ThedaCare?

#3 – 1901 views

One Way to Improve Your Lean Daily Management Board: From Lists of Numbers to Process Behavior Charts

#4 – 1696 views

Toyota is Admired for Good Reason… But About Those Rotating Job Shifts…

#5 – 1506 views

The Response to the Hawaii False Alarm Can't End With Firing Someone

#6 – 1337 views

Remembering and Honoring Samuel Selay

#7 – 1296 views

Lessons from Tesla “Schooling” Toyota: Did You Get the Memo?

#8 – 1112 views

When “Resistance to Change” Is Really Something Very Different

#9 – 1094 views

Can You Answer “Yes” to These Three Important Workplace Questions?

#10 – 1009 views (by Jess Orr)

How 200 Jobs Were Saved by Engaging Employees in Continuous Improvement

Older Posts That Were Popular this Year

Older posts are often more popular than recent posts, thanks to Google searches, etc.

#1 – 5487 views (From 2014)

#2 – 4010 views (2012)

Is Lean an Acronym? Is it “LEAN”? “L.E.A.N.?” — Understanding the Origins of the Term

#3 – 3198 views (2013)

Misinterpreting Deming: The Misuse of ‘Survival is not Mandatory' in Lean Practice

#4 – 3135 views  (2013)

Discovering the Power of Kaizen Idea Boards at the Society for Health Systems Conference

#5 – 3113 views (2014)

Unraveling the Mystery of Flow, Push, and Pull in Hospital Operations and the #Lean Framework

The One I Always Like to Share

Usually, this post (and its video) are very popular – 2890 views in the past twelve months. I get more “fan mail” about this video (over 217,000 views all time) than anything:

When 5S Goes Wrong: A Hilarious (and Cringe-worthy) Office Fiasco Caught on Video, Sort Of

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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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