“My Favorite Mistake” Episode #18: Audie Penn on Getting Fired for Being Good at Lean


I'm excited that Episode #18 of my new podcast “My Favorite Mistake” is now released!

You can listen to it (or watch it or read a podcast) via my MarkGraban.com website:

Episode #18: Audie Penn and His “Favorite Mistake” That Got Him Fired

My guest today is Audie Penn, an operational performance consultant at Audie Penn Consulting — meaning he's a Lean consultant (like some of my guests).

Audie shares a story, from early in his career, where he got fired for solving what had appeared to be an unsolvable on-time delivery problem — he was technically correct, but embarrassed at least one key person… who then fired Audie. It's a good cautionary tale for change agents and it's one that Audie has learned from… check it out!

I'll post a link to each episode here on my blog on Mondays and Thursdays. I hope you find it to be interesting and thought provoking!

Thanks for listening and/or watching!


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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.

  1. Ahmed Radwan says

    Very impressive and inspiring podcast

    Mark, could you please share that video of the nurse you mentioned. Thank you

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