leadership rounds

5 Steps to Effective Leadership Rounding

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Any change in process in the work place will require a level of effective leadership rounding to ensure the new ways of operating are carried out. Mark Graban talk about this concept here, in this article on his Lean Blog titled, “Managing with Red/Green Charts is Like Driving By Looking at the Rear-View Mirror“.  Managing by result […]


Productivity Improvement: What Side of The Equation Has Your Focus?

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Lately, I’ve been working on productivity improvement with hospital teams within their operations.  The basic concept of productivity improvement is the team has to do the same amount of work or more with less resources to be more efficient.  Use the following equation to calculate productivity within a department: Productivity = Worked Hours divided by […]

Lean Tool: Circle of Work Analysis to Identify Quantify Waste

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I define the lean tool known as a Circle of Work analysis as the observation of multiple workflows within a workplace all impacting a single value stream.  This is done for the purpose of capturing data about the amount of waste existing in a given set of processes.  The process for capturing the data is […]

Hut,Hut,Hike! 3 Takeaways from Football's Playbook About Standard Work

Hut,Hut,Hike! 3 Takeaways from Football’s Playbook About Standard Work

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Football.  That one word evokes many different thoughts and emotions…Anticipation. Excitement. Fall Saturday’s. Tailgating. Loyalty. Teamwork. Standard Work. Wait. What? Football teams use standard work in the form of the playbook. It details where everyone is positioned on the field and what their role is in each play. One of the key elements of any Lean Management System is Standard Work. […]

Daily Management System

Daily Management System

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Drucker defines control as, “in the task of a manager, controls are purely a means to an end; the end is control”. He also says, “If we deal with a human being in a social institution, controls must become personal motivation that leads to control”.*  An effective daily management system creates the personal motivation that Drucker […]