Commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day — Keep Moving Forward


Let's commemorate Monday's national holiday for Dr. King with a look back at my post from 2012…

A Lean Lesson from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

And, here a quote that should remind folks of Kaizen and continuous improvement:


(hat tip to Allison Meyers)

If you can't fly, then run.
if you can't run, then walk,
if you can't walk, then crawl,
but whatever you do,
you have to keep moving forward.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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. […] Martin Luther King, Jr. Let’s all be respectful, fair, and just in the work that we do. And see this image and quote from 2013. And my friend Jon Miller has a better collection of MLK quotes […]

  2. Mike Sporer says

    Passion for something manifests itself in a willingness to never give up, even when it seems you’ve hit the wall. Continuous improvement is a relentless pursuit, a mindset that difficult problems can be solved. Great post!

  3. Sid Joynson says

    The main waste Dr. King was committed to eliminate, was that created by a non-inclusive society.

    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their ski n, but by the content of their character.”

  4. Mark Graban says

    Here’s a blog post by Dr. Eric Dickson (an upcoming podcast guest) that reflects on Dr. King’s words:

    “Each of us can be great because each of us can serve

  5. Mark Graban says

    And our friend Jess Orr posted this on LinkedIn:

    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

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