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GA 311A | COVID-19 Q&A with Mark Graban, Dr. Greg Jacobson, and Dr. Mason Mileur

Today we're releasing a special episode on the COVID-19 virus. Mark Graban, Dr. Greg Jacobson, and Dr. Mason Mileur recorded a webinar answering some commonly asked questions about this global pandemic, and what we can do to stay safe and help out.  A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com The Webinar on YouTube KaiNexus' Response to COVID-19 What You Can Do to Save People TODAY [COVID-19] COVID-19: What the Heck Does Exponential Mean?  Why the Public & Healthcare Response to COVID-19 Has Me Fuming Mark Graban's Lean Blog Stay at Home: A COVID-19 Message from an E.R. Physician, Greg Jacobson, M.D. Why These Doctors Say Staying Home is a Matter of Life and Death One Point Lesson: How to Wash Your Hands TWI Job Instruction Hand Washing Training Did You Find Yourself Working from Home All the Sudden? What is Exponential Growth and Why Should You Care? The Unexpected Benefit of Cancelling Everything Deepening the Lessons of CrisisSubscribe & Never Miss New Episodes!Click to Subscribe in iTunesIf you enjoyed this podcast please be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Once you're a subscriber all new episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account and smartphone. The easiest way for iPhone users to listen to the show is via the free, and incredible, Podcast app. NEW! You can now follow the podcast on Spotify here. You can also subscribe via Stitcher which is definitely Android friendly.What Do You Think?How can we leverage continuous improvement principles to improve the outcome and management of the COVID-19 virus?

1hr 32mins

20 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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GA 245 | How to Coach Leaders to Coach Others with Jamie Parker

This week's guest is Jamie Parker. Ron and Jamie talked about Jamie's career thus far, the importance of having an impact on others, and how to help leaders develop a team of problem solvers. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: One of Jamie's favorite quotes (3:07) Jamie's background (4:32) Jamie's leadership transition (6:16) Internal coaching vs. consulting (12:06) Jamie's advice (13:37) About purpose and beliefs (16:40) When leadership doesn't align with the workforce (17:47) About problem solving (19:16) The 5 Cs (21:13) The importance of leaders being vulnerable (27:26) The future of the lean movement (29:46) How corporate environments will change (31:46) What Jamie is up to (34:58)Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Jamie on LinkedIn Process + Results Leadership Coaching  The 5Cs: Free On-Demand Training GA 041 | FedEx Office's Lean Journey with Jamie Parker  GA 120 | How to Invest in People with Jamie Parker  GA 149 | How to Teach TWI with Jamie ParkerSubscribe & Never Miss New Episodes!Click to Subscribe in iTunesIf you enjoyed this podcast please be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Once you're a subscriber all new episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account and smartphone.The easiest way for iPhone users to listen to the show is via the free, and incredible, Podcast app.You can download it here. CLICK HERE to subscribe to the Gemba Academy podcast on iTunes.You can also subscribe via Stitcher which is definitely Android friendly.What Do You Think?What qualities and/or approaches make a lean leader great?

39mins

13 Dec 2018

Rank #2

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GA 269 | Establishing a Standard Behavior with Skip Steward

This week's guest is Skip Steward. Ron and Skip had a long conversation all about healthcare and the transformative powers of TWI, Toyota Kata, and more. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn:  The two quotes that inspire Skip (3:31) Why it's so hard to listen (4:37) Skip's background and what he's up to these days (6:38) Their evolution (8:34) About the Job Instruction component of TWI (11:41) The emotional nature of the journey (16:33) Where they store their Job Instruction Breakdowns (24:39) How they share (26:37) Their journey with Toyota Kata (27:50) How they use Strategic A3s (30:06) Setting the target condition (33:19) Writing obstacles (36:04) Making Job Methods appropriate for healthcare (43:29) How the "Eliminate" component works (46:41) Skip's advice (51:49) About Skip's new book (1:01:01)Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com TWI, Kata, and Respect for People with Skip Steward and Brandon Brown Getting the Right Things Done Baptist Memorial on Youtube Creating an Effective Management System: Integrating Policy Deployment, TWI, and Kata Skip on LinkedInSubscribe & Never Miss New Episodes!Click to Subscribe in iTunesIf you enjoyed this podcast please be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Once you're a subscriber all new episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account and smartphone. The easiest way for iPhone users to listen to the show is via the free, and incredible, Podcast app. NEW! You can now follow the podcast on Spotify here. You can also subscribe via Stitcher which is definitely Android friendly.What Do You Think?What is the true value of TWI in your opinion?

1hr 4mins

30 May 2019

Rank #3

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GA 268 | Breaking Down the Seven Wastes with Jeff Kaas

This week's guest is Jeff Kaas. We're sharing the audio from an upcoming course that features Jeff's company, Kaas Tailored. Using real life examples, Jeff explains each of the seven wastes in a unique and dynamic way. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn:  An overview of the seven wastes (1:49) How Jeff evaluates leaders (3:53) The impact of anxiety on your health (4:37) How a nine-year-old would describe a defect (5:17) About inventory and finished goods (9:44) Cookies and work in progress (12:36) Processing (16:48) Underprocessing (20:11) Poor processing (21:49) The waste of waiting (23:33) The waste of motion (24:18) The waste of transport (27:16) The waste of overproduction (28:51) About truth (30:56)Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com GA 211 | How to Navigate a Kaizen Journey with Jeff Kaas  Kaas TailoredSubscribe & Never Miss New Episodes!Click to Subscribe in iTunesIf you enjoyed this podcast please be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Once you're a subscriber all new episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account and smartphone. The easiest way for iPhone users to listen to the show is via the free, and incredible, Podcast app. NEW! You can now follow the podcast on Spotify here. You can also subscribe via Stitcher which is definitely Android friendly.What Do You Think?Which of the examples resonates with you the most?

40mins

23 May 2019

Rank #4

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GA 252 | Standard Work in the Office with Steve Ansuini

This week's guest is Steve Ansuini. Steve discussed his time at Toyota, including how he implemented Standard Work and Job Instruction Breakdowns in the office. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: A quote that inspires Steve (1:51) Steve's background (2:34) The lean presets (5:29) Steve's time at Toyota (9:10) What Steve is up to these days (13:32) Standard work for the office (14:31) What they tried (19:57) What problem he was trying to solve (24:53) His goals for deploying this (26:55) The relationship between the different documentation (30:23) Using JR at Toyota (32:48) How the initial pilots were received (36:14) Some misconceptions about CI at Toyota (37:20)Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Steve on LinkedInSubscribe & Never Miss New Episodes!Click to Subscribe in iTunesIf you enjoyed this podcast please be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Once you're a subscriber all new episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account and smartphone.The easiest way for iPhone users to listen to the show is via the free, and incredible, Podcast app.You can download it here. CLICK HERE to subscribe to the Gemba Academy podcast on iTunes.You can also subscribe via Stitcher which is definitely Android friendly.What Do You Think?Have you used standard work in an office setting?

43mins

31 Jan 2019

Rank #5

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GA 276 | Using Lean to Enrich Lives with Ben van Asselt

This week's guest is Ben van Asselt. Ron and Ben discussed the inspiring ways Ben and his team use lean at Lunet Zorg, an organization that provides services for people with intellectual disabilities. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn:  The quotes that inspire Ben (2:03) Ben's background (4:01) About Lunet Zorg (7:36) Ben's role at Lunet Zorg (11:28) An example of how they use lean (13:52) What happened when they asked for data (16:44) An anecdote about dining options at their facility (24:19) Teaching lean to clients (27:07) How lean has personally impacted Ben (28:42) An anecdote about one of their clients (30:25) Ben's advice for those who work with people with disabilities (33:25)Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Ben on LinkedIn Lunet ZorgSubscribe & Never Miss New Episodes!Click to Subscribe in iTunesIf you enjoyed this podcast please be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Once you're a subscriber all new episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account and smartphone. The easiest way for iPhone users to listen to the show is via the free, and incredible, Podcast app. NEW! You can now follow the podcast on Spotify here. You can also subscribe via Stitcher which is definitely Android friendly.What Do You Think?How do you identify waste in your processes? Is there a specific approach you use?

38mins

18 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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GA 261 | Building the Habit of Excellence with James Clear

This week's guest is James Clear. Author of the bestseller Atomic Habits, James shared a wealth of knowledge with us regarding the different kinds of habits, how they form, and how we can successfully change our behavior. A written transcript of this episode is available for download here. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: A quote about the importance of habits (3:43) James' background in athletics, science, business, and psychology (4:45) Why James is passionate about identity-based habits (8:02) How sports teaches excellence (15:55) An exercise he does (18:03) The four stages of habit formation (18:52) An example (21:58) Why he added the "Craving" stage (23:37) The first law of behavior change, "Making It Obvious" (27:34) About habit stacking (30:11) The second law of behavior change, "Making It Attractive" (32:52) The true power of dopamine (35:40) Breaking a bad habit (39:59) The third law of behavior change, "Making It Easy" (44:44) Using the reverse for breaking bad habits (47:01) The fourth law of behavior change, "Making It Satisfying" (49:12) The social reinforcement of habits (54:36) The downside of creating good habits (56:25)Podcast Resources Click Here to Download the EBook Version of the Interview Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Atomic Habits James' WebsiteSubscribe & Never Miss New Episodes!Click to Subscribe in iTunesIf you enjoyed this podcast please be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Once you're a subscriber all new episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account and smartphone.The easiest way for iPhone users to listen to the show is via the free, and incredible, Podcast app.You can download it here. CLICK HERE to subscribe to the Gemba Academy podcast on iTunes.You can also subscribe via Stitcher which is definitely Android friendly.What Do You Think?How do you go about developing good habits or breaking bad ones?

1hr 1min

4 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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GA 253 | Building a Strong Lean Foundation with Mohamed Saleh

This week's guest is Mohamed Saleh of Hartford HealthCare. Mohamed shared the details of their lean journey, including the dynamic approach they use and how their department is organized.  An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quotes that inspire Mohamed (2:27) Mohamed's background (6:14) Their approach (16:16) What problem they were trying to solve (21:48) Top down vs. bottom up (24:18) How the leaders have matured (28:50) About courageous conversation (30:45) How Hartford is organized (36:55) Their current state (40:02)Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Mohamed on LinkedInSubscribe & Never Miss New Episodes!Click to Subscribe in iTunesIf you enjoyed this podcast please be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Once you're a subscriber all new episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account and smartphone.The easiest way for iPhone users to listen to the show is via the free, and incredible, Podcast app.You can download it here. CLICK HERE to subscribe to the Gemba Academy podcast on iTunes.You can also subscribe via Stitcher which is definitely Android friendly.What Do You Think?What aspects of Hartford HealthCare's journey resonates with you? Why?

44mins

7 Feb 2019

Rank #8

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GA 250 | Using Process Behavior Charts with Mark Graban

This week's guest is Mark Graban. This is Mark's sixth episode with us, and this time he discussed his new book, Measures of Success, as well as how Process Behavior Charts can be used in different contexts. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: Mark's background (2:51) What a Process Behavior Chart is (5:15) Using them as part of Lean Daily Management (8:37) When it's appropriate to reset your limits (13:50) Tracking your metrics more frequently (16:27) How process metrics work in strategy deployment (17:59) The voice of the process versus the customer (21:54) A3 Problem Solving (25:12) Looking for signals (27:21) Advice for getting started (30:41) What Mark might write about next (38:06)Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com GA 007 | Using Lean Thinking to Transform the Healthcare Industry  GA 046 | Lean in Japan GA 071 | Practicing Lean GA 114 |How to Apply Lean to Healthcare GA 156 | The Current State of Lean in Healthcare  Measures of Success  Leanpub Mark on LinkedIn Mark on TwitterSubscribe & Never Miss New Episodes!Click to Subscribe in iTunesIf you enjoyed this podcast please be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Once you're a subscriber all new episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account and smartphone.The easiest way for iPhone users to listen to the show is via the free, and incredible, Podcast app.You can download it here. CLICK HERE to subscribe to the Gemba Academy podcast on iTunes.You can also subscribe via Stitcher which is definitely Android friendly.What Do You Think?How have you leveraged Process Control Charts?

40mins

17 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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GA 267 | The Nature of Coaching with Steve Kane

This week's guest is our Director of Customer Success, Steve Kane. Ron and Steve talked all about Steve's coaching journey, including using kata, the power of the right mindset, what it means to be a coach, and more. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn:  Steve's background in medical device manufacturing (3:29) His role at Gemba Academy (4:12) Why Steve is so passionate about coaching (7:46) His realization about kata (10:59) How Steve is applying what he learned from his coaching training (23:21) The difference between a coach and a consultant (27:25) The difference between a coach and a mentor (28:45) Whether or not a combination of the roles is possible (31:17) How Steve knows if he's being successful as a coach (37:15) Steve's final words of wisdom (40:01)Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Mindset by Carol Dweck  Coach USubscribe & Never Miss New Episodes!Click to Subscribe in iTunesIf you enjoyed this podcast please be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Once you're a subscriber all new episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account and smartphone. The easiest way for iPhone users to listen to the show is via the free, and incredible, Podcast app. NEW! You can now follow the podcast on Spotify here. You can also subscribe via Stitcher which is definitely Android friendly.What Do You Think?What does it really mean to be a coach?

44mins

16 May 2019

Rank #10

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GA 244 | How to Teach Kata in the Classroom with Mike Rother

This week's guest is Mike Rother. Mike actually interviewed Ron for this episode, and the two of them discussed scientific thinking and Ron's experience facilitating a kata workshop for kids. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: About kata in the classroom (2:37) Ron's facilitating experience (3:57) Kids vs. adults (5:54) What's tricky about the exercise (7:27) Why Ron is enthusiastic about scientific thinking (11:21) Ron's advice (17:03)Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Kata in the Classroom  Escaping the Build Trap KataCon5 Learning to SeeSubscribe & Never Miss New Episodes!Click to Subscribe in iTunesIf you enjoyed this podcast please be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Once you're a subscriber all new episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account and smartphone.The easiest way for iPhone users to listen to the show is via the free, and incredible, Podcast app.You can download it here. CLICK HERE to subscribe to the Gemba Academy podcast on iTunes.You can also subscribe via Stitcher which is definitely Android friendly.What Do You Think?What are your thoughts on kata in the classroom? Have you participated in something like this?

20mins

6 Dec 2018

Rank #11

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GA 265 | Finding Your Best Way with William Harvey

This week's guest is Dr. William Harvey. William and Ron discussed William's research on Toyota Kata, including his process and what he learned from other lean thinkers. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn:  How William first learned about lean (3:14) His start in the Marine Corps (4:45) A quote from Henry David Thoreau (5:19) How William learned to manage the process (6:06) William's research (8:27) Karyn Ross's role (9:07) His process (11:21) A story about Toyota Kata (12:27) Ron's story about sports and deliberate practice (15:47) What William learned from Jess Orr (22:31) What surprised William during his research (26:43) The Implementation stage (29:51) The Execution stage (31:31) The Sustainment stage (32:41) William's current and target conditions (40:41) His definition of success (41:31)Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com GA 102 | Sustaining Your Lean Journey William on LinkedIn William's Dissertation Defense GritSubscribe & Never Miss New Episodes!Click to Subscribe in iTunesIf you enjoyed this podcast please be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Once you're a subscriber all new episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account and smartphone. The easiest way for iPhone users to listen to the show is via the free, and incredible, Podcast app. NEW! You can now follow the podcast on Spotify here. You can also subscribe via Stitcher which is definitely Android friendly.What Do You Think?Do you have a story to share about kata? What has your experience with kata been like thus far?

43mins

2 May 2019

Rank #12

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GA 263 | Using Lean to Make Life-Changing Decisions with Tyson Ortiz

This week's guest is Tyson Ortiz. Tyson's son was born with a congenital heart condition, and Tyson graciously shared how he used kata and scientific thinking as he and his wife navigated their son's diagnosis. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: A quote about the trajectory of lean that inspires Tyson (2:49) Tyson's background (4:01) What Tyson is up to these days (9:18) His son's diagnosis (9:50) Their decision to take charge of the situation (14:26) The plan once they brought the baby home (18:41) How they managed these experiments (22:34) Their home monitoring system (25:45) How they dealt with their son's complications (27:19) The highlight of Tyson's kata application (39:37) How he's doing today (46:01) Tyson's final words of wisdom (49:12)Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Tyson on LinkedInSubscribe & Never Miss New Episodes!Click to Subscribe in iTunesIf you enjoyed this podcast please be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Once you're a subscriber all new episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account and smartphone. The easiest way for iPhone users to listen to the show is via the free, and incredible, Podcast app. NEW! You can now follow the podcast on Spotify here. You can also subscribe via Stitcher which is definitely Android friendly.What Do You Think?Do you use lean in your personal life, at home, etc? How so?

58mins

18 Apr 2019

Rank #13