HARTFORD, Conn. (PRWEB) March 23, 2013
The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, has selected “Lean Done Right” by Thomas Zidel as a recipient of the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award. Zidel is the president at Lean Hospitals, LLC, a hospitals and healthcare consultancy.
“Receipt of the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award signifies authors’ significant contribution to the body of knowledge surrounding operational excellence,” said Robert Miller, executive director of The Shingo Prize. “The intent is to motivate others to learn from them.”
A “lean transformation” – the shifting of an organization’s culture to continuously improve operations and increase value to the customer – does not succeed or fail because of sheer luck or desire alone, according to Zidel. With a focus on healthcare, Zidel seeks to illustrate a model that organizations can follow in order to implement a successful transformation and provide better care to patients. Ultimately, he describes how full implementation of the model will create a culture the seeks to improve continuously.
“We know that healthcare executives face many challenges in minimizing inefficiencies and reducing errors,” said Michael Cunningham, assistant director of Health Administration Press. “Tom Zidel’s book, ‘Lean Done Right,’ helps leaders create a culture of continuous improvement, execute an effective lean implementation model and maintain the reform necessary to achieve long-term results in their organizations.”
By “challenging” or applying for an award, authors invite a group of accomplished professionals and trained examiners from The Shingo Prize to thoroughly review their publications. The examiners select the publications they think are worthy of recognition.
Zidel will receive the award during the opening social of the 25th Annual Shingo Prize International Conference held in Provo, Utah, the week of May 6-10, 2013. The opening social is the beginning of this four-day event featuring a selection of workshops, plant tours, keynote speakers and breakout sessions designed to provide ongoing knowledge, insights and experience for organizations in their pursuit of operational excellence.
About The Shingo Prize
The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence is named after Japanese industrial engineer, Shigeo Shingo. Dr. Shingo distinguished himself as one of the world’s thought leaders in concepts, management systems and improvement techniques that have become known as the Toyota Business System. Drawing from Dr. Shingo’s teachings, The Shingo Prize helps companies and organizations increase their efficiency and effectiveness by developing cultures that better tap the talents of their employees. It also awards and recognizes organizations that demonstrate exceptional results from applying its philosophy and recognizes authors who have contributed important insights and applications of the principles it teaches. Those interested in more information about The Shingo Prize or in registering to attend the 25th Annual International Conference may visit http://www.shingoprize.org.
About Lean Hospitals, LLC
Lean Hospitals, LLC was established in March 2005 to provide lean training, guided implementation, facilitation, and consulting services exclusively to hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Its unique approach to organizational lean transformation focuses on making the organization self sufficient as opposed to being reliant on the knowledge and experience of an outside consultant. Those interested in learning more may visit leanhospitals.org
Those interested in seeing a short introductory video on "Lean Done Right" may visit The Shingo Prize's YouTube channel.