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Today’s guest is Kim Barnas, author and former Senior VP at healthcare network ThedaCare. We discussed the “hero approach” to problem-solving, the best ways to expose continuous improvement methodology to highly trained doctors, and overall how to manage the challenges of implementing lean in a medical setting.
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In this episode you’ll learn:
- Kim’s background and how she was first exposed to lean (3:33)
- The quote that inspires Kim (5:11)
- All about Kim’s book (5:56)
- What the “Hero Approach” is (7:50)
- How to implement Lean and Six Sigma tools in a medical setting (9:20)
- Some examples of problems that Kim has solved (11:10)
- How to balance experimentation with the primary goal of saving lives (13:10)
- What True North metrics are and why they matter (14:20)
- All about financial stewardship (15:32)
- Advice for healthcare employees interested in implementing lean (16:58)
- What “Respect for People” means to Kim (19:55)
- The best two pieces of advice Kim has ever received (20:36)
- Kim’s personal productivity habit (22:37)
- Kim’s final words of wisdom (27:46)
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- Beyond Heroes: A Lean Management System for Healthcare
- Andy & Me, Second Edition: Crisis & Transformation on the Lean Journey
- Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions, Third Edition
- Kim on LinkedIn
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