Author Archives: Paul Pejsa

Maximize the Success of your Lean Management System Implementation

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At Catalysis, we frequently see Lean Management Systems (LMSs) that have been rolled out rapidly and broadly across the organization, sometimes with varying levels of support and buy-in. The result of these implementations can be uneven improvement progress, staff frustration with the LMS, and limited progress on the organization’s lean transformation journey. Below are some […]

Lean Tools: Why, Which, When, and Why Not

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One foundation of an organizational excellence transformation is making improvements: frequently, rapidly and with the team that performs the work every day. This is where the use of our lean toolkit comes in. In this context, we can ask ourselves: why use these tools? Which ones are most applicable to the problem we are trying […]

Five Things Mature Lean Organizations Have in Common

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Part of my role at Catalysis is to work with our Catalysis Healthcare Value Network members to help them accelerate the cultural transformation at their organizations. One way we do this is through what we call the discovery process. The goal of the process is to get a broad perspective on how an organization is […]

Five Leader Behaviors That Show Respect for Every Individual

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To me, respect for every individual means to have empathy for those around you; to think about the impact of your actions and behavior on others.  I believe that in order to have empathy for someone you need to be able to walk in their shoes and understand their perspective. The Shingo Model shows respect […]

Change Your Behavior, Change Your Results

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Many healthcare organizations are coming to the realization that tool-based implementations are insufficient to sustain continuous improvement. This is leading organizations to take a principle-based approach to operational excellence. Adopting a principle-based approach can seem daunting, and many leaders are not sure where to start. Here is some advice: 

Leadership is Key, but not Always Enough

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As members of the Catalysis Healthcare Value Network team, we have a unique perspective on healthcare transformation because we go to see many organizations every year. When I reflect on the organizations that I have visited one thing stands out, leadership is key, but it is not always enough. This year I have seen a […]