My Piece for IndustryWeek: Boeing Executives Failed to Lead, Waved Off Lean

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I wrote this piece for IndustryWeek… it starts:

“In January, passengers, crew and the public were stunned by the latest high-profile incident involving a #Boeing 737 MAX-9 jet. A door plug blew out during an Alaska Airlines at 16,000 feet. Thankfully (and perhaps luckily), nobody was killed in the incident.

In the aftermath, the general public might ask, “Who screwed up?” Better questions include, “What might be going wrong with Boeing's processes and operations?” We should also ask, “What's wrong with Boeing's culture and leadership?”

Are these new, isolated problems with new, local causes? It seems not.”

You can read the piece 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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