Ryan McCormack’s Operational Excellence Mixtape: August 27, 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

Capturing the patient voice is (finally) moving away from sticking to lengthy questionnaires. Integrating the Patient Voice: Patient-Reported Outcomes' Future.

What's the best improvement method for healthcare?  Whatever works.  Different approaches to making and testing change in healthcare.


Operational Excellence

I enjoy bourbon and I enjoy operational excellence.  The two get mixed in this the leanblog.org post , A Culture of “Fessin' Up” About Mistakes at Garrison Brothers Distillery.

These 5 Principles Will Accelerate Innovation.

The Covid Supply Chain Congestion continues to choke up global inventory. How can organizations better prepare themselves for disruptions in the future?  What an Adult Tricycle Says About Supply Chain Bottlenecks.

Similarly, Toyota to Cut Output as Chip Shortage Finally Catches Up to It, leading to the inevitable calls that “JIT” doesn't work.

An article from the PEX network proclaims “Growth Kaizen” as the next/current iteration of kaizen.  I'm not sold.  How Kaizen evolved from TQM to enabling growth

Covid has helped accelerate the adoption of digital enablers for manufacturers.  4 Tools to Realize True Resiliency


Leading & Enabling Excellence

Cultivating perspective, even in a small way, can help enable anyone to lead with humility.  Don't Let Power Corrupt You.  

Psychologically safe leaders anticipate conflict.


Coaching – Developing Self & Others

Developing a Coaching Culture: What It Takes, and Why It's Needed


Books, Podcasts, Videos

Books I'm currently reading:

Stay tuned as I line up my Fall reading list in the next mixtape.


Podcasts I'm listening to:

Connecting work to purpose is a foundational principle for operational excellence.  Check out HBR Ideacast : Rethinking Our Relationship With Work to hear some excellent research and perspectives on seeking meaning in work.

Kat Cole shares a wealth of wisdom in The Power of the Possible


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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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