What Were the 10 Most Read LeanBlog.org Posts of the First Half of 2023?

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Thanks, everybody, for reading my blog here in 2023. And for listening to podcasts… oh so many podcasts.

I released 13 “Lean Blog Interviews” podcasts. This month marks the 17th birthday of my podcast, which started with this Norman Bodek episode.

I was also happy to continue the “Lean Whiskey” podcast series and I released three episodes of that series.

I also released 25 episodes of “My Favorite Mistake” (a podcast that inspired my new book).


Below are the ten most-read posts 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 June 30th.

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 First Half of 2023

Here are the top 10 most-read posts that I wrote in the first half of this year (and I've been writing less as I've podcasted more):

  1. In Memoriam: Ritsuo Shingo, Former Toyota Executive and Lean Teacher (2021 views)
  2. Beyond Discipline: You Can't Punish Your Way to Perfection (784 views)
  3. In Memoriam: Masaaki Imai, “The Father of KAIZEN™” (1930⁠-⁠2023) (780 views)
  4. A Modern Version of Lucy and the Chocolate Factory — But With Sushi (Drake & Josh) (744 views)
  5. CEO Gary Michel On Lean For The Enterprise And The Need To Decomplify Work – PODCAST (614 views)
  6. What Do We Mean by Vulnerable Acts in the Context of Psychological Safety? (543 views)
  7. Announcing My Next Book: “Management by Emoji” [April Fool] (521 views)
  8. Learning from Mistakes: An Operating Room Case Study on the Consequences of Ignoring Small Errors (445 views)
  9. Evaluating the New MLB Pitch Clock as a Countermeasure to Overly Long Games; Iterating the On-Screen Clock (442 views)
  10. Accountability in Leadership: My GM Flashback Story and the Blame Game (407 views)

Some of these posts are habitually popular, appearing on this list every six months, and some of them are new to the list compared to last year.

That last link / post (and its video) regularly appears on my “top posts” lists.

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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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