What Were the 11 Most Read LeanBlog.org Posts of the Second Half of 2020?


Thanks everybody for reading my blog here in 2020.

When I posted the top 10 most-read posts from the first half of the year, things were very Covid heavy. I've blogged less about that (but more about issues like #RootCauseRacism). We can see the light at the end of the tunnel… when it comes to Covid. We'll keep working on racism…

It's been a podcast-heavy year for me. I've been talking more than writing. I'll get back to writing more, I'm sure. I released 21 “Lean Blog Interviews” podcasts in the 2nd half of the year, the same number as the first half. I was also happy to continue the “Lean Whiskey” podcast series and I released five episodes of that series.

I started a new podcast series in September called “My Favorite Mistake” and I've released 27 episodes as of today.

I've uploaded most of those various podcast episodes to YouTube, and the year-in-review stats that they sent me are:

  • Uploading 2927 minutes of content (50 hours)
  • This past year, you gained 194 subscribers and 32,030 new views
  • Viewers spent 102,551 minutes watching your videos in 2020!
  • Your videos received 278 likes in 2020

Vanity metrics” :-)

Below are the ten most-read posts of the second half 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 16.

You can also see which posts or pages have the most views, all time, since I started the blog in 2005.

Posts Written in the Second Half of 2020

Here are the top 10 most-read posts:

  1. Was I the Worst Customer at Starbucks — or the Best?
  2. CEO Akio Toyoda's Perspectives on the Toyota Production System
  3. Why I'm “Handing Over” My Blog for the Week to #RootCauseRacism
  4. Podcast #379 — Katie Anderson on “Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn”
  5. I Learned a New Word for Our Continuous Improvement Vocabulary — Maybe
  6. My Personal Anti-Racism Plan? Let Me Check My Pockets.
  7. Representation Matters
  8. Mourning the Loss of a Kaizen Mentor and Teacher, Norman Bodek
  9. Lean Podcast #390 — Keith Ingels on “Adopting and Adapting” TPS to the Raymond Lean Management System
  10. One Small Thing: Sharing our Visions and Voices to #RootCauseRacism
  11. Podcast #382 — Tom Peters on Managing During the Madness of Covid Times and Beyond

Beyond the rankings, did you have a favorite post or podcast? If so, please share your thoughts in the comments.

Some of these posts are habitually popular, appearing on this list every six months… and there are a few new ones that popped up in to the top list:

And, as always…

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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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