Ryan McCormack’s Operational Excellence Mixtape: July 30, 2021

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Thanks as always to Ryan McCormack for this… there's always so much good reading, listening, and viewing shared here by him!

News, blogs, articles, resources, and links about creating value, continuous improvement, innovation, and leadership.


Healthcare – Creating Value for Patients

Aligning incentives to health outcomes and value continues to challenge health systems in North America.  How to Create Incentives for Improvement.

Listen to Why Canadian Nurses Are Leaving the Profession on CBCListen's The Current With Matt Galloway


Operational Excellence

Those seeking to achieve new levels of performance have a deep-seated belief that it can be attained.  Solutionism, a mindset that cultivates the belief that problems are real and solvable, has proven to be invaluable as a source of overcoming complacency and defeatism.  Why I'm a Proud Solutionist.  

“We tend to solve problems by adding things together rather than taking things away, even when doing so goes against our best interests.” Humans solve problems by adding complexity, even when it's against our best interests.
There's still a lot of buzz about Industry 4.0, but before plunging into faddish investments, consider What Conditions Make Industry 4.0 Feasible.

Frontline staff are the first to know about problems, but are often the last to be asked.  Gain Competitive Advantage by Transcending the Frontline Paradox.

Standardization is the bedrock of process improvement, but many still struggle with the basics.  Why and Where to do Standards


Leading & Enabling Excellence

The 25 Micro-Habits of High-Impact Managers

NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on How to Embrace Humility


Coaching – Developing Self & Others

Hundreds of Ways to Get S#!+ Done–and We Still Don't


Books, Podcasts, Videos

Books I'm currently reading:

Still getting through Work: A Deep History, from the Stone Age to the Age of Robots

For those of you who use Goodreads and want to track what I read, check out my “currently reading” books.  


Podcasts I'm listening to:

Is it Safe to Speak Up at Work? — WorkLife with Adam Grant

How to Engage Remote Teams, with Tsedal Neeley


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Ryan McCormack
Ryan is an operational excellence professional with over 18 years experience practicing continuous improvement in healthcare, insurance, food manufacturing, and aerospace. He is an avid student of the application of Lean principles in work and life to create measurably better value.

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