I say it a lot, but two data points are not a trend. I didn't invent that idea, of course, but I've tried to help leaders and organizations stop reacting to every up and down in a metric through the methods I share in my book Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. […]
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I'm excited that the seventh episode of my new podcast “My Favorite Mistake” is now released! You can listen to it and learn more via my MarkGraban.com website: Episode #7: Matt Granados on “My Favorite Mistake” — Being the Last to Know, Professionally or Personally My guest is Matt Granados, the cofounder of LifePulse, Inc., […]
The goal of a lean transformation is to shift the culture of an organization toward lean. In my last post I discussed a lot of prerequisites. In this post I would like to discuss how to actually do it. Be warned, there is no magic bullet. There is no simple trick that just turns lean ... Read more
My wife and I, in normal times, love visiting wineries. The Willamette Valley of Oregon is one of our favorite places to visit and we love the wines from that region. My wife recently got an email update from a winery we get shipments from, Native Flora in Newberg, Oregon. We have visited there before […]
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20 years ago, Honda stood out through its reputation for quality. Outsiders were studying Honda’s approach and Youtube now offers several videos shot at that time about it. Today, quality is no longer the differentiator among carmakers that is used to be but the practices of a company like Honda — past and present — […]
Striking how ‘easy’ Lean is, no?
- Define Purpose clearly & communicate it tirelessly
- Identify the main obstacles and/or enablers to achieving Purpose
- Treat people with respect and seek to involve everybody in improving the business
- Go see what’s actually happening regularly and with purpose
- Reflect regularly, openly & honestly on what’s working, what is not working, and why
- Keep going (until you die)
I think of George Kissell, the legendary St. Louis Cardinal minor league manager, teaching baseball fundamentals well into his eighties. Or Ed Deming still teaching, kicking butt and taking names from a wheelchair at the age of ninety three.
We’re fortunate enough to work with a number of faith-based hospital systems. I find it profoundly moving when they begin a day or a meal with a prayer for wisdom and humility.
I’m sure you can cite many more examples. Enduring excellence in sports, business and management, is based on bedrock principles (very much like the ones above), no?
The more you practice the easier – and harder it gets. Easier, because repetition develops muscle memory. Harder, because we humans – or at least this one – are lazy, tricky and dishonest (especially with ourselves).
We think we can outfox the fundamentals, that we can ‘get away with it.’ The more success we experience, the more lazy, tricky and dishonest we tend to become. As a result, success corrupts, just as ‘power corrupts’.
Greatest senseis throughout the ages have adopted various countermeasures to our innate vulnerabilities. The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, the world’s most powerful person then, meditated on death every day. St. Jerome kept a human skull on his desk.
(My daughters, knowing my respect for the afore-mentioned, gave me a skull replica, which sits on my desk as I write, wearing my Green Bay Packers cap. Needless to say, I am no St. Jerome…)
Our Toyota senseis countermeasure was to check frequently and severely. “Target, actual, please explain!” “Your activities have no meaning, Pascal-san!” “This is NOT countermeasure!”
They were right, of course, and I felt like the village idiot for a long time. Good thing too – how else could I unlearn the rubbish I’d learned engineering and business school?
(Don’t want to be misunderstood – I learned plenty of good stuff in professional schools too. But often it’s mixed in with rubbish, no?
In summary, Lean fundamentals are really life fundamentals – simultaneously easy & hard. Seek them out, practice and keep going. Very good things will happen.
Then, remembering Marcus Aurelius and St. Jerome, double-down on humility.
In case you missed our last few blogs... please feel free to have another look…
“Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail”
Building Quality into the Process
Standardized Work for Knowledge Workers
Difference between Hansei and a Post-mortem
My guest for Episode #387 of the podcast is Seán Paul Teeling, who joins us from Dublin, Ireland. He is the Programme Director for the Professional Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Lean Healthcare at UCD Health Systems. Seán Paul is also an Assistant Professor in Health Systems/Mater Lean Academy. He was previously Lean Manager at […]
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