Mark Graban is hosting the 197th edition of the Management Improvement Carnival on his Lean Blog, highlights include:
- Michel Baudinâ€™s Blog â€“ â€œThe Toyota Way 2001: the Necronomicon of Leanâ€œ: Michel wrote a great post about reflections on the internal â€œToyota Wayâ€ document that was created in 2001. He says, â€œA document of this type about the way a company does business gives employees a framework to understand management decisions and business processes. The challenge in publishing it â€” even if only for employees â€” is to actually say something without binding management to courses of action that may become inadequate as business conditions evolve.â€
- ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value (Helen Zak) â€“ â€œAmericaâ€™s Most Dangerous Industryâ€œ: The Centerâ€™s COO asks, â€œDid you know healthcare is one of the most dangerous industries in the United States?â€ She continues with some data and more excellent questions: â€Is worker safety the problem or is it a symptom? While all organizations say, â€œpeople are our greatest asset, â€ few really have a culture that demonstrates that. How can you tell? One way to tell is the worker injury rate.â€
- Lifehacker â€“ â€œTurn a Shampoo Bottle into an Over-the-Sink Sponge Holderâ€œ: A fun example of a small â€œhackâ€ to make something better in your home. It reminds me of Kaizen, using creativity over capital. I like little things like this. In the post comments, a reader suggests punching holes in the holder to avoid a stinky sponge or mold. In Kaizen, itâ€™s great to build upon and continue improving the improvement ideas of others.
Vist the Lean blog to see the rest of the great management blog posts shared in this edition of the management blog carnival.