Lean Articles

** Updated the links ** 

I am in a workshop this week so I wanted to share some articles I have enjoyed recently.

101 Kaizen Templates: Kaizen Newspaper by Jon Miller

  • Lean Topic:  KAIZEN – A visual way to involve people in giving improvement ideas to areas other than their immediate work area or job scope
  • Excerpt:  The only responsibility of a non-manager or non-team leader is to identify the problem and write it down on the kaizen newspaper, number it, identify the type of problem (safety, category of waste, etc.) and take a stab at a cause or root cause. The kaizen newspaper frees people from bringing the solution along with the problem and in that sense it is very different from the kaizen idea suggestion system. … The kaizen newspaper is a daily management tool and should be read and acted upon each day.

Lean Leadership In Healthcare White Paper by Richard Doss and Cameron Orr

  • Lean Topic:  GROW LEADERS – This 9-page paper suggests a focus on the leadership behaviors that are crucial for Lean to progress beyond limited pilot studies and get sustainable results.
  • Excerpt:  Take note of the statement there is “no such thing as organizational change, only personal change” (source unattributed). Lean Leadership in healthcare, as in any other industry, is dependent on the transformation and behavior of individuals. Training courses, culture change initiatives, rapid improvement teams, etc., will have only limited impact unless Lean leadership is developed on a one-to-one basis. The good news, however, is that behavior can change very quickly. Given the right support, the rest of the stakeholders will begin to mimic the Lean leadership behavior.

The Physician Culture and Resistance to Change, Part I by Richard L. Reece, MD

  • Lean Topic:  DEVELOP EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE – Tips for understanding why physicians resist change and suggestions for handling them.
  • Excerpt from Part I:  To understand why physicians have resisted, you have to get inside their minds and skins. … These cultural characteristics may reflect a self-centered, narrow-minded, and shortsighted worldview. But these traits dominate many physicians’ minds and can’t be dismissed.
  • Excerpt from Part II: Certain specialists, including heart surgeons, cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons, general surgeons, neurosurgeons, and oncologists – the economic lifeblood of most hospitals – are accustomed to acting decisively in clinical matters. This decisiveness carries over into business affairs. … Physicians ask to be trusted to do the right thing, to be considered professionals, to be paid for productivity, and seek information systems that provide relevant information and speed patient flow.
  • Excerpt from Part IIIIn The Effective Executive (Harpers, 1956), Peter F. Drucker state leaders igniting fundamental change share these traits: They rely on courage rather than analysis to dictate their priorities.  They pick the future rather than the past. They focus on opportunity rather than problems.  They chose their own direction, rather than climbing on someone else’s bandwagon.  They aim high, for something that will make a difference, rather than something that is “safe” and easy to do.  They seek fundamental contributions to improve society.

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4 responses to “Lean Articles

  1. I’m interested in reading the referenced articles, in particular the one by Richard Reece, but I could not access. An Outlook web access window came up. Are these not available to public?

  2. Thanks for the heads up about the links. I fixed them. The computer I posted on didn’t show the error!

  3. You pack a lot of value into few words. I appreciate the practical nature of your posts. Thank you. Your blog is one of just a few that I have requested an RSS feed.

    Rick Maurer

  4. Thanks Rick for your nice comment and mention on your blog!

    I spent some time on your site and found it to be full of relevant info & thoughts. I added it as a link on my site.

    I appreciate you reaching out to me so I can discover your blog!

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