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Throw Middle Managers a Life Line

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The lean approach to organizational transformation seeks to create an environment that is conducive to empowering team members at the frontline. While Executives leaders are learning their role in the lean improvement process, tools and techniques for driving process improvement are being taught and implemented at the frontline. Executive leadership is working work hard to […]

Are You Measuring the Right Things?

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“Without the capacity to measure, we would be uncertain, literally, as to where we stood and where we are going. We would not know if we are rich or poor, hot or cold, old or young. The very word ‘measure’ pervades all fields… You can’t make decisions, connections, money, or music without true measurements.” – […]

Five Benefits of Practicing Kata

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Many organizations we work with have management systems and problem-solving processes and tools already in place. They often wonder how and where kata fits into what they are already doing. Kata does not replace these tools; instead kata can be used as an opportunity to enhance the processes and methods that you are currently using. […]

What if Everyone in Healthcare Applied the First Five Principles of Lean?

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Would healthcare be better if everyone understood and applied the five lean principles described in the book Lean Thinking? As part of our team development at the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, several of us have embarked on the process of taking the Lean Bronze Certification examination. To prepare, we are studying the various books […]

A Letter to Physician Leaders

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Jim Marks, the Chief of Staff and Chief of Anesthesia at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), in this open letter to his colleagues, details the importance of teaching the principles and thinking behind lean management, the work ahead of his organization, and what they’ve accomplished so far. The shift in thinking required to switch to […]

Cars and Healthcare—Important Lessons Learned

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What do making cars and delivering healthcare have in common? More than you think! Manufacturing and lean principles apply, although the details differ. For instance, making cars and caring for patients both include producing on demand, immediately, defect free, one at a time, without waste or error in an environment that is physically, emotionally and […]

First Things First: Senior Leader Behaviors

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In the past two years I have had the privilege of facilitating sessions with senior leadership teams at more than ten healthcare organizations, with the objective of helping them develop their roadmap to operational excellence, or lean.  A number of these teams identified cultural issues as a barrier to transforming their organizations. More importantly, they […]