Tag: Swartz

Come See a Culture of Continuous Improvement at Franciscan Health This...

Registration is open for "Kaizen Live!" -- the 2019 edition. Joe Swartz and I are excited to announce that we are hosting the fourth site...

How Standard Should Standard Improvement Boards Be?

Guest Post by Joe Swartz: At Franciscan Health, we were struggling to create a system-wide standard for our improvement boards. Although we had deployed them to over 50 departments across our 14 hospitals, it has been a struggle to agree on what the boards should look like. Five of our hospitals used rows for each key metric while nine of our hospitals used columns for each key metric. However, now our leadership was asking us to become more standardized across our system.

#ChangeChampions: Insights from a Health System Leader on Supply Chains

Today, I'd like to share the latest in my series of articles about "Champions of Change," which is based on a discussion I had with Joe Swartz about continuous improvement in materials and supply chain settings.

Podcast #299 – Joe Swartz, 10+ Years of Kaizen at Franciscan

Joining me again for episode #299 of the podcast is Joe Swartz, my friend and esteemed co-author for our books Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements and The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen: Leadership for a Continuously Learning and Improving Organization.

A Recommended Sequence of Podcasts and Webinars on Kaizen and Continuous...

I've produced A LOT of content about Kaizen and continuous improvement over the past 11 years, including podcasts and webinars. Somebody asked me to build a "curriculum" and a sequence of podcasts and webinars for people to watch as a way of getting educated about this approach. So this post is an attempt at that...

The Power of “How Might We?”

In this post, I write about a phrase that I heard many times when visiting Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis. How can this phrase help us challenge ourselves and to find positive solutions instead of barriers and obstacles?

Mark Graban & Joe Swartz on the “Gemba Academy Podcast”

Thanks to my friends at Gemba Academy for having my Healthcare Kaizen co-author Joe Swartz and me on their podcast, in an episode that was released yesterday.

#TBT: My Podcast Interview with Joe Swartz on a Kaizen Culture...

This post looks back at a podcast that I did a few years ago with Joe Swartz, talking about how he helped introduce Kaizen at Franciscan St. Francis Health and how they’ve built that culture.

Before Asking Others to Do Kaizen, First Do Kaizen Yourself

Today, Joe Swartz and I are leading a workshop about "Healthcare Kaizen" in Farmington Hills. A "core Kaizen concept," as Joe says, is that leaders who want...

Mark Graban & Joe Swartz “Healthcare Kaizen” Workshop — Detroit, January...

I'm very excited to announce that my Healthcare Kaizen  series  co-author, Joe Swartz, will be joining me to run a full-day public registration workshop...

Kaizen Coaching: Avoid the Shut Down

Mark's Note: Today brings another guest post from Joe Swartz, my co-author for our Healthcare Kaizen series of books. Read his previous posts here....

Kaizen Coaching – The First Rule: Keep Ideas with the Creator

Mark's Note: Today's guest post is by Joe Swartz, my co-author for the books  Healthcare Kaizen  and  The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Joe...