Lean Blog Audio — Instead of Urging Your Employees to Be Brave, Help Them Feel Safe Speaking Up

The blog post

It’s 9 p.m. in an operating room, just before the last procedure of a long day that had been full of delays. A nurse sees that the surgeon is about to make an incision without first stopping for the expected “timeout,” a crucial step that helps the team confirm, among other things, that the correct surgery is about to be performed on the correct side of the correct patient. The nurse is also concerned they don’t have enough units of blood on hand for this type of procedure. 

The nurse pauses and wonders,

“Should I speak up or keep quiet?”

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