Today I recorded a podcast with my friend and colleague Mark Graban. Mark is the author of Lean Hospitals, the founder of the Lean Blog, and is my co-faculty at the Thedacare Center for Healthcare Value.
I first met Mark about six years ago when I was working at Stanford Children’s Hospital and he came out for a site visit as part of the Healthcare Value Network to see how we were applying lean thinking at the hospital.
Mark has been an invaluable resource for me as I have started this blog by sharing his blogging tips and tricks (including suggestions for widgets, plugins and themes!). I appreciate his many comments on my blog posts – just as I welcome all of yours!
In the podcast we covered topics such as:
- Lean in Japan
- Japanese healthcare
- The spirit of kaizen
- The concept of intention
- Life in Japan
- Do you need to come to Japan to learn about Lean?
Links to blog posts referenced in podcast
I also referenced some of my blog posts that you might be interested in easily finding:
- Conversations with Isao Yoshino, a retired 40-year Toyota executive and one of John Shook’s first managers at Toyota.
- Insights from the Toyota Production System Promotion Office manager about the differences between Toyota culture and Japanese business culture.
- The unexpected delight of living in Tokyo: riding my electric mamachari bike.
- The real meaning of “kaizen”
- Why you can’t order two flavors of gelato to “take away” at my local shop in Japan
- How to exchange business cards in Japan and what I think about the concept of intention
- It’s hard to lead change – even at Toyota
You can listen to the podcast on the Lean Blog by clicking here.
Please share your feedback, comments and questions! What are you interested in learning about as I continue to explore and learn in Japan.