Why I’m Partnering Again for #RootCauseRacism, Series 2 @ www.RootCauseRacism.com


Back in August, I handed over my blog to Deondra Wardelle for the week and that became the #RootCauseRacism series. I'm proud of how those blog posts (and webinar) turned out.

I bought the domain name rootcauseracism.com and I told Deondra that I would give it to her to help further her efforts. She built a new website that can be found there.

The original blog posts will remain here on my blog, but they're also on her new site (where I am happy to be listed as a co-founder).

Starting today, Deondra and her new site are hosting a new blog series, featuring a diverse group of men, called “When Brothers Meet at Gemba.” The first series, as you might recall, was written by women.

I've contributed a blog post that was published today. It's titled, “No, We Won't Stay in Our Lanes or Stick to Lean.”

As with anything on this blog, it's free… it's my blog… if you don't like it, you don't have to read it, you don't have to agree. But you don't have the right to tell me what to do with my website. And I say that with a smile.

Here is a flyer that previews Series 2 of the blog posts:

Two Webinars This Week

This week, there will be two panel-discussion webinars. As with last time, KaiNexus is stepping up to provide the webinar account and to provide other marketing support for these sessions, so thanks to the rest of the team there. The recordings are now embedded below…

The first webinar, on Tuesday, is a group of women (some appeared in the first panel and some are new)… “Plan & Vote for Kindness.”

The second webinar, on Thursday, is a panel of men (including myself) and we'll be talking about the topics raised in our blog posts:


I got a really nice email from a professor over the weekend (I don't have permission to share this, so I won't name the school), but they said, in part:

“Hey Mark, I am writing to let you know that your series on RootCauseRacism inspired me to alter my syllabus for this quarter. I teach Quality Process Improvement for second year MHA students at [University]. Given our move to virtual learning this year, I knew that I had to make some serious changes to how I was going to teach the class. Additionally, I really do feel that I have a responsibility to nurture my students on an anti-racist journey. 

We are going to be applying the Ishikawa diagram technique to particular health disparities that impact Black, African American, and other minority populations in the Pacific Northwest. 

I think this will be a fascinating and exciting new part of the syllabus.
Thank you for the inspiration.”

The root causes of racism are many fold. There is no easy, single, magical countermeasure (just as there is no single root cause). But I applaud those who are trying to listen with empathy and to take small steps to make things better…


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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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