Come to Japan With Me and Katie Anderson in November to Study Lean!


I'm excited to announce that I've registered for Katie Anderson‘s Japan Study Trip in November!

Between 2012 and 2019, I visited Japan five times, and I learned something new each time. I've been really itching to go back. I'm excited to see and learn new things with Katie and her team!!

It's a great opportunity to deepen your understanding of Lean and the Toyota Production System. Visiting Japan helps one understand which of the broader cultural elements of the country contribute to a Lean workplace.

But it also helps you understand that not all Japanese companies are made in the Toyota mold. Toyota has worked very diligently to cultivate its culture and practices over time. And our organizations can do the same.

It's also amazing to experience the food, the sights, the history, and the culture. If you've never been to Japan, I can't recommend it enough. If you've been before as a tourist, I'm sure you'd like to go back. And a trip like this is a great opportunity to learn.

If you and I have worked together, or if you're a follower or connection who would like to be part of this learning journey with me, give me or Katie a shout to discuss the possibility.

Learn more via her website

Other reading about Katie's trips:

You can read blog posts from my previous Lean study trips that were facilitated by two different organizations.

You can also learn more about some of my previous trips through

Some Previous Posts:

More posts about Japan trips

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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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