Tag: Japan

Gemba vs. Genba — Different Spellings or Different Words and Meanings?

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tl;dr: Same word, same meaning, different spellings. I was taught that the English version of the Japanese word that means, basically, "the real place" or...

In Memoriam: Masaaki Imai, “The Father of KAIZEN™” (1930⁠-⁠2023)

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I was saddened to learn today that Masaaki Imai passed away, as announced this week by the organization he founded, KAIZEN Institute. He was...

John Chacon on Continuous Improvement and the Dangers of Paying People...

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Scroll down for how to subscribe, transcript, and more My guest for Episode #429 of the Lean Blog Interviews Podcast is John Chacon, the Director of Construction...

Episode #424: Balaji Reddie, Founder of the Deming Forum of India

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Scroll down for how to subscribe, transcript, and more My guest for Episode #424 of the Lean Blog Interviews Podcast is Balaji Reddie, the founder of...

Episode #423: Laura Kriska, the First American Woman to Work at...

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Scroll down for how to subscribe, transcript, and more My guest for Episode #423 of the Lean Blog Interviews Podcast is Laura Kriska, a Cross-Cultural Consultant...

Interview With the First American Woman to Work for Honda in...

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I don't share every episode of "My Favorite Mistake" here (but I do hope you'll subscribe and listen). As a reader of this blog,...

Operational Excellence Mixtape: February 12, 2021

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Thanks as always to Ryan McCormick for this... there's always so much good reading, listening, and viewing shared here by him! Healthcare - Creating Value...

Katie Anderson & Isao Yoshino’s “Favorite Mistakes” and Toyota’s Culture

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I've stopped sharing every single episode of the "My Favorite Mistake" podcast here on the blog, but I will share episodes that feature folks...

Episode #22 of “Lean Whiskey”: Catching Up with Honsha Friends Over...

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For Episode 22, Mark Graban is joined by Darril Wilburn and Sammy Obara, two former Toyota employees who are colleagues at the firm Honsha....

Operational Excellence Mixtape: Best of First Half 2020

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Thanks as always to Ryan McCormick for this... Summer is approaching which means it's time to review the 10 most popular mixtape links of 2020...

The Path to Patient Safety in Japan (or Elsewhere): Reporting Problems,...

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As I blogged about this morning, don't forget that you can get a FREE Kindle copy of Practicing Lean today (January 21, 2020). As I...

From Japan: “We were not always a Kaizen company” — Surprising?

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Here is something brief that I posted on LinkedIn while I was in Japan recently, but I also wanted to share it here, elaborating...