Art Byrne's latest book, The Lean Turnaround Action Guide, has a lot of great tips that he's trying to share, CEO to CEO. How many CEOs are reading this book and heeding his advice, in manufacturing or in healthcare?
Our collaborative eBook project, Practicing Lean, has raised over $1000 so far for the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation. The book is now available as a paperback book through Amazon, in addition to the Kindle Store and LeanPub.com. Please check it out!
Joining me for Episode #263 is another returning guest, Pascal Dennis (@AuthorPascal on Twitter). He was previously a guest on Episodes #96 and #239, talking about two of his previous books (see a full list here).
Today’s episode is part 2 of our discussion about his most recent book Building the Fit Organization: Six Core Principles for Making Your Company Stronger, Faster, and More Competitive, a recipient of the Shingo Research Award. You can hear Part 1 in Episode #241.
Traditional book publishing is a funny (and sometimes frustrating) value stream, in a lot of ways.
There are many batches and many queues along the way… one of the reasons it takes so long to transform a Word .DOC manuscript into an edited, formatted, and printed (or Kindled??) book. The work doesn’t flow. The big batches start with the submission of the entire book… thrown over the wall instead of sending a chapter at a time.
Hopefully you’re aware of my book Lean Hospitals. It was first published in 2008 and I was able to do a second, revised edition that was released in 2011. Traditional book publishing doesn’t really allow any sense of continuous improvement, other than maybe fixing a spelling error in a new printing of an edition. So, changes get made in big batches. This page highlights the changes between the first two editions.
At this year’s Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit (see my summary here) Dr. John Toussaint talked about and introduced his newly released book Management on the Mend, a follow up to 2010’s On the Mend. Summit attendees received a copy of the book, so they’re the first to have a chance to read this important work.
Today’s Throwback Thursday is a look back at a 1993 book that I purchased in 2011 on somebody’s recommendation. It was probably one of those used books you can buy for a penny on Amazon… Creating the New American Hospital: A Time for Greatness. It’s indeed available for a penny today.
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Our guest today is Alan G. Robinson, PhD, an award-winning author, educator, researcher and consultant. He has co-authored six books, including Modern Approaches to Manufacturing Improvement: The Shingo System, Ideas Are Free, and his latest, The Idea-Driven Organization. His specialties include managing continuous improvement, creativity, ideas and innovation, and Lean production, being one of the earliest professors to visit Japan to study the Toyota Production System.
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Today’s guest is Michael Ballé, an author of many novels about Lean management, published by the Lean Enterprise Institute. He joins us for this episode from Paris (he shares many photos of “Paris moments” via his Twitter account @Michael_Balle). Michael and his father, Freddy, have collaborated on these books and have learned about as directly from Toyota as anybody (Freddy was CEO of the French automotive supplier Sommer-Allibert and was coached by Toyota there).
I had planned on chilling out over the holidays by reading some books that aren’t related to Lean, Kaizen, etc. Novels are not normally my thing and I started reading How Doctors Think, which had been on my Kindle to-read list for a while. It stopped reading after about four chapters… might pick it up again at some point. It was just OK. Interesting, but not riveting.
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Today’s guest is David Mann (bio), talking about the new 3rd edition of his Shingo Research Award winning book Creating a Lean Culture. David tells us what’s new in the book and we discuss “leader standard work” and other elements of a Lean culture.
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Joining me for episode #208 is Michael Bremer, author of the recently released eBook How to Do a Gemba Walk. Michael is president of The Cumberland Group, a business improvement consulting firm based in Illinois.
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My guest for episode #206 is Ed Pound, co-author of the book Factory Physics for Managers: How Leaders Improve Performance in a Post-Lean Six Sigma World that was released in April. It is, of course, a new version of the original Factory Physics textbook that I used in college and was the subject of Podcast #25 with Prof. Mark Spearman.
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Joining me today for Episode #204 is Paul Plsek (@PaulPlsek) and we’re talking about his excellent book (a Shingo Research Award recipient this year) titled Accelerating Health Care Transformation with Lean and Innovation: The Virginia Mason Experience. Virginia Mason, of course, is Virginia Mason Medical Center, the outstanding Lean organization that was named “Hospital of the Decade” by Leapfrog Group.
I am an unabashed fan of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, as you’re probably aware. For full disclosure, I was previously an employee of the Lean Enterprise Institute, a key partner of the Center.
They have a lot of great information and events, so I’d like to use today’s post to share that with you and encourage you to take advantage of what they’re offering and to help share.
I get a lot of emails from regular readers or people who have just stumbled across my blog. I try to be as helpful as I can (although I’m not really a good connection for Lean healthcare jobs that people are always looking for).
One email was from somebody who has recently discovered Lean and is reading up a storm:
“It led me to the Gemba Kaizen book which I still am trying to get through, The Toyota Way which I am also reading, Womack’s Lean Thinking, the Gemba Academy videos (the lean dishwasher being my favorite), your blog and several other popular lean sites.”
Here’s somebody who is buying inexpensive used books through Amazon and craigslist, building up an impressive initial library without spending a fortune. I wonder how many CEOs at hospitals that are “implementing Lean” have read that many books on Lean?