Celebrating 200 Episodes of the “My Favorite Mistake” Podcast and My Upcoming Book


After starting the “My Favorite Mistake” podcast in September 2020 (an episode with Kevin Harrington from “Shark Tank“), I've now reached 200 episodes!

Celebrating 200 Episodes — Mark Graban on Podcasting Mistakes and His Upcoming Book

I don't share every episode here on the Lean Blog, but I'm sharing today's episode for a few reasons. One is the milestone. The second reason is that my guest host might be familiar to you in the Lean community — Tom Ehrenfield, who has done a lot of great work for the Lean Enterprise Institute, including hosting their WLEI Podcast.

Thirdly, to quote a somewhat tongue-in-cheek Keith Olbermann and what he always says on his podcast “Countdown,” the topic is my favorite topic… ME. Just kidding. I think. Maybe that joke was a mistake on a few levels.

I'm the guest, Tom is the host today — turning the tables on me as we did with Jamie V. Parker back in Episode 16.

Fourth (am I still listing reasons?) is that we are discussing my upcoming book, The Mistakes That Make Us. Tom is my editor and has been working with me since last June to help me through what has been a very iterative writing and editing process. I'll blog about that when the manuscript is done. The subtitle even changed a bit since we recorded a few days ago — more iteration. But I think that's done. The word “cultivating” was a gift of a suggestion from my old friend, Don Coon, who is doing the cover art for me.

Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation

In the episode, we talk about some highlights from the podcast. We discuss a number of mistakes that I've made (and learned from) in the process of producing the podcast. And we talk about the book — we could probably bore people with another episode about all of my book concept and writing mistakes that I've hopefully iterated my way out of…

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Below is the video version of the episode. You can find the audio podcast and a transcript here.

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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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