How are you using your Lean knowledge to help others?
Outside of your daily lean duties in your job, how are you using Lean to improve your community?
Just after starting my blog I had a bad experience at a local hospital. I wrote to the Directors of the hospital not expecting a response. In that letter I offered to help them anyway I could in the Emergency Department (ED) to improve their process and patient flow. After my first meeting I was asked to join the Family and Patient Council.
The Family and Patient Council consists of volunteers that have been patients or had family members that were patients. Each member is assigned an area in the hospital to help improve. At first I was assigned the ED as my department to assist with improvements. During our monthly meeting in December I was introduced to the Quality Director. She had heard about my Lean experience and wanted to speak with me about possible improvements in the Lab and Pharmacy.
My assignment for the Family and Patient Council has now changed to Lean Hospital Improvements. I am still working with the ED since that was where I first felt a need for Lean.
At the first of the year I decided I wanted to come up with a challenge for the Lean community and readers of my blog. I hope each person can share a story about how they have helped their community with their Lean knowledge.
So here is the Challenge:
Look around your community and see where there is a need for improvement. It does not matter if it is a hospital, city, county, business, friend, family member,or if you speak at a local event or non-profit. The only rule is that you must volunteer your time. If it turns in to an opportunity to make money then you are not obligated to say no.(I am never going to say turn down income) If it does, you must find another way to share your knowledge.
The only thing I ask is you share your story here on Frontline Lean. You can email your story in whole or in parts as you go through the process of sharing your knowledge.
By emailing your story you agree to share it on www.frontlinelean.com. It will be posted for others to gain inspiration and knowledge. If there are any questions in regard to your story prior to posting I will contact you for needed information via email.
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