Throwback Thursday: An Independence Day Post

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As we mark Independence Day today, the 248th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence from England, I'm sharing a “throwback” post that I published on July 4th some years ago.


The Declaration of Independence was a bold step toward a new way of governance, emphasizing the values of liberty, equality, and the pursuit of happiness. Similarly, Lean thinking challenges the status quo in organizations, advocating for a culture of continuous improvement, respect for people, and the elimination of waste.

As we commemorate the 248th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, let's draw inspiration from our history to fuel our Lean journeys. The principles of perseverance, collaboration, and adaptability that led to America's independence can guide us in creating more efficient, effective, and empowering workplaces. Happy Independence Day, and here's to a future of continuous improvement and innovation!

And let's not let our Democratic Republic slip away. Get out and register to vote. And then please vote!


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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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