Episode #16 of “Lean Whiskey”: Coast to Coast, Cocktails, and Covid

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Mark Graban & Jamie Flinchbaugh

We didn't do a live stream like last time, but we did record another video for the Lean Whiskey podcast series, here for Episode #16. You can also listen as an audio podcast, as usual.

Today, Mark Graban and Jamie Flinchbaugh take a little longer than usual to get to the lean talk. Our whiskey theme this time was cocktails, which take longer to make (and apparently to talk about) than pouring neat whiskey into a tumbler. Mark made a Boulevardier and Jamie made an Old Fashioned. We discuss bar tools and stirring versus shaking (sorry Mr. Bond, see the links below). See, we talked about process.

We also explore Mark's experience in traveling coast to coast in his move from Orlando to LA, and share a little more on what we've both been up to. For our In the News article, we explore the grand experiment of working from home, and what it means for businesses, technology, culture, and jobs. We even explore how KaiNexus is dealing with it as a company. It may possibly be that the grand experiment leaves a greater lasting impression than the virus itself. 

We spend a little time exploring a listener's question on how lean thinking can help us deal with larger complex problems, such as reopening the economy. And we close by answering a question more about gratitude, which is what surprising good thing has come from our shelter-in-place time? Cheers! 


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In the news, we've talked about this grand experiment (with thousands of embedded smaller experiments) called “working from home”. Here's an early article exploring China who went first, an interesting piece from Fast Company, and something from CNBC about how work will be affected. I also mentioned virtual working expert Sacha Conner.  And here's Kainexus' blog post about their remote work from March.

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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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