Mark Graban on His Recent Mistake That Almost Lost Four Episodes

Mark Graban on His Recent Mistake That Almost Lost Four Episodes

My guest for Episode #16 of “My Favorite Mistake” is Jamie V. Parker... she's the guest host. This gets complicated… she was my guest (as the guest) for Episode #8, where she shared her favorite mistake. Today, she's the guest host and she's interviewing me about a recent mistake that I made, a combination of errors and problems that almost led to me losing four episodes that had been recorded, but not released.

I also talk about something that might be a “favorite mistake” from my days working in manufacturing, a mistake that I wrote about in the book Practicing Lean (and Jamie also contributed a chapter to that book. Another thing Jamie and I have in common is podcasting, so please check out her podcast here.

You can listen to or watch the episode below. A transcript also follows lower on this page.

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"And even though it worked out well in the end, there are still a huge learning opportunities. I can put measures in place to make sure that this potential near miss failure doesn't happen again."

"I went through all the stages of grief in a way, but I thought, OK, I've got to learn from [the mistake] and, and try to carry on."

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Automated Transcript (May Contain Mistakes)

Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's upcoming book is The Mistakes That Make Us. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.