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Mark Donovan

Mark Donovan

Co-Founder, Wooden Ships

Mark Donovan founded Wooden Ships, a knitwear fashion company based in Bali, Indonesia in 1992 with his wife and business partner Paola Buendia. His lean management journey began in 2007 after reading The Toyota Way. Largely self-taught in lean principles, he continues to read, practice, share, teach, and learn every day.

Mark was trained in transcendental meditation in the early '90's and completed a 10-day Vipassana silent retreat in 2011. He maintains a daily meditation practice.  Mark uses http://markpatrickdonovan.wikispaces.com as a place to share ideas and resources that might be useful to others. He also just launched an electric bamboo bike company called EWABI that is being structured as an E-CORP (Earth Corporation).  



Articles by Mark Donovan
EWABI, Earth Corporations (E-CORPS) & Electric Bamboo Bikes
Can electric bamboo bikes made in Bali offer a potential solution to global social, economic and environmental injustice? What does it mean that the Earth owns the business? Learn more about E-CORPS from its creator, Mark Donovan, co-founder of Wooden Ships. More »
The Tesla Way vs. The Toyota Way
Does Tesla offer a Way of working that can challenge TPS? Perhaps a bit more time, and the development of a complete Tesla Business System, will get us closer to an answer. More »
PDCA is the Breath of Lean
"PDCA is to Lean what breathing is to human beings," writes Mark Donovan. This is why it's important to practice PDCA continuously. So why is it so hard for some of us and how do we help instill PDCA thinking in our organizations? Read more. More »
Lean Talks: Lean Thinking at a Knitting Factory in Bali
Mark Donovan, co-founder of the knitwear company Wooden Ships, shares how he's worked to build the problem solving capabilities of his team members. More »
Why Fundamental Shifts in Thinking Take Longer Than You Think
Think learning the fundamentals of lean thinking and practice is easy? Think again. Deep shifts in thinking will take some time. More »
Standardized Vacation
Mark Donovan, co-founder of the women's knitwear company Wooden Ships, proposes that we all consider vacation as a standardized method to test and develop the capabilities of our organizations. More »
Clear Mind, Better Work
Like lean, mindfulness meditation is all about practice and discipline. Mark Donovan, owner of the knitwear company Wooden Ships, reflects on how a ten day silent meditation retreat has changed his approach to work and strengthened his lean efforts. More »