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Assumes everyone is an expert

By checkmate king two - Mar 03 2020
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Not bad but it assumes that everyone who listens is a lean expert. I wish you had some podcasts that were a bit more instructional.

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101 Ratings
Average Ratings
84
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7
3
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Assumes everyone is an expert

By checkmate king two - Mar 03 2020
Read more
Not bad but it assumes that everyone who listens is a lean expert. I wish you had some podcasts that were a bit more instructional.

Very helpful

By WILCO_WATER - Feb 15 2017
Read more
Listening to episodes now.
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Gemba Academy Podcast: Lean Manufacturing | Lean Office | Six Sigma | Toyota Kata | Productivity | Leadership

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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: GA 200 | What We’ve Learned from 200 Episodes with Ron Pereira and Past Guests

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This week we're celebrating a milestone: our 200th episode. For this special episode we decided to highlight some of the major themes we've had thus far, featuring some truly incredible guests. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

Simon Sinek: Knowing your "why" (1:03)
Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth: The role of visuality (2:53)
Karyn Ross: Dealing with failure (5:36)
Art Byrne: The "state of the union" of lean in 2017 (10:25)
Katie Anderson: The meaning of "intention" (13:28)
Brandon Brown: The true power of continuous improvement (17:19)

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GA 076 | The Courage to Lead with Simon Sinek
GA 133 | How to Create a Visual Workplace with Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth
GA 138 | How to Use Kata to Create Service Excellence with Karyn Ross
GA 154 | The Real Meaning of Lean with Art Byrne 
GA 173 | How to Use A3 Thinking with Katie Anderson
GA 189 | How to Use Kata in Healthcare with Brandon Brown

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What Do You Think?

What other moments and/or episodes of the podcast have stood out to you?

Feb 01 2018

26mins

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Rank #2: GA 233 | How to Develop a Strong Lean Culture with Raye Wentworth

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This week we're sharing another powerful keynote from the 2018 Lean Systems Summit, this time by Raye Wentworth. Raye has been with New Balance for 34 years, and she shared how the company has developed their lean culture. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

About New Balance (2:09)
Raye's background (4:21)
Why lean is all about the people (9:37)
Their results (14:30)
Where success comes from (16:19)
Why lean tools can be used anywhere (19:52)
About respect (25:03)
Engaging associates (27:41)
When people can't get on board (31:49)
The role of leadership (34:45)

Podcast Resources

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AME San Diego 2018
Join us in San Diego from October 29th to November 1st for the 2018 International AME Conference. From incredible keynote speakers, to small group discussions, to simply networking with other continuous improvement practitioners, this is truly a powerful conference you won't want to miss.

Use promo code "Gemba10" for 10% off your registration. Learn more here.

Join us for our annual cocktail party at Sally's Fish House & Bar on Tuesday, October 30th. RSVP here.
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What Do You Think?
How else do you foster a culture of lean within an organization?

Sep 20 2018

37mins

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Rank #3: GA 204 | How to Set the Stage for Your Lean Journey with Matt Kellett

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This week's guest is continuous improvement leader Matt Kellett. Matt and Ron discussed what needs to be in place in order to successfully start and sustain a lean journey. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

Matt's background and what he's up to these days (1:58)
The quote that inspires Matt (3:29)
Teaching others to help themselves (5:27)
The elements that need to be in place to start your journey (9:21)
The balance of "push" versus "pull" (16:28)
The next step (19:25)
What approach they use (21:19)
How they determine the scope (24:16)
Connecting with individual team members (27:24)
One of Matt's failures (31:50)
How Matt manages his own lean journey (38:31)
An area of lean Matt struggles with (42:33)
Matt's final words of wisdom (48:15)

Podcast Resources

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Matt on LinkedIn
Matt's Email
Matt's Website 

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What Do You Think?
How would you approach a brand new lean initiative?

Mar 01 2018

50mins

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Rank #4: GA 218 | How to Harness the Power of A3 Thinking with Captain Brad Brown

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This week we're sharing the audio of a presentation given by Captain Brad Brown at the 2017 Lean Municipal Government Forum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brad shared how the fire department's use of A3 thinking has yielded real, powerful results. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

About A3 Thinking (1:51)
Outcomes vs inputs (4:17)
What an A3 is (5:50)
The most common use for A3 Thinking (8:00)
Why the mindset is what matters (11:11)
The different A3 formats (13:17)
Inventory management using solo cups (14:07)
The fire department's system (14:53)
Do's and don'ts (18:20)
PDCA and A3 Thinking (21:32)
Managing using the A3 (22:33)
Questions not to ask (24:59)
The emotional impact of data analysis (30:32)
The team's mindset (31:42)

Podcast Resources

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Lean Municipal Government Forum 2017 Videos 
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What Do You Think?
Have you used/do you use A3 Thinking? Describe your experience(s).

Jun 07 2018

35mins

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Rank #5: GA 245 | How to Coach Leaders to Coach Others with Jamie Parker

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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

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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 Parker

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What Do You Think?
What qualities and/or approaches make a lean leader great?

Dec 13 2018

39mins

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Rank #6: GA 269 | Establishing a Standard Behavior with Skip Steward

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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)

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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 LinkedIn

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What Do You Think?
What is the true value of TWI in your opinion?

May 30 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #7: GA 208 | How to Define Lean, Success, and Strategy with Jon Miller and Michael Ballé

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This week's guests are Jon Miller and Michael Ballé. Together with Ron, they discussed the definitions of lean, success, and strategy, as well as using lean as a strategy for innovation and growth. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

Defining strategy (2:10)
Defining success (4:07)
Defining lean (6:30)
Lean strategy for growth (18:42)
Examples of larger companies that use lean to innovate (26:52)
How those leaders would define success (28:50)
The four "Ds" and four "Fs" (33:10)
How companies use lean strategy (38:54)
Advice for managers (52:54)

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The Lean Strategy
Jon on LinkedIn
Michael on LinkedIn

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What Do You Think?
How would you define lean, success, and/or strategy?

Mar 29 2018

58mins

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Rank #8: GA 238 | How to Change Your Culture with Toyota Kata with Emiel van Est

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This week's guest is Emiel van Est. Ron and Emiel discussed the vital role that culture plays in continuous improvement, and how methodologies like Toyota Kata can help sustain your success. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

One of Emiel's favorite quotes (2:00)
Emiel's background (2:36)
How Emiel would define culture (4:03)
Why it's so important (5:33)
His involvement with the kata movement (6:27)
How culture and kata interact (7:31)
What a CI culture looks like (11:29)
What stands out (13:06)
Elon Musk vs. a Toyota Leader (14:32)
How we can foster the culture (17:47)
How long it takes to change (22:40)
Practical tips (24:47)
Words of wisdom (25:35)

Podcast Resources

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Emiel on LinkedIn
The Five Principles of The Toyota Way
Emiel on Slideshare 
Emiel's Website

AME San Diego 2018
Join us in San Diego from October 29th to November 1st for the 2018 International AME Conference. From incredible keynote speakers, to small group discussions, to simply networking with other continuous improvement practitioners, this is truly a powerful conference you won't want to miss.

Use promo code "Gemba10" for 10% off your registration. Learn more here.

Join us for our annual cocktail party at Sally's Fish House & Bar on Tuesday, October 30th. RSVP here.
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What Do You Think?
How do you view the role of culture in continuous improvement?

Oct 25 2018

28mins

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Rank #9: GA 268 | Breaking Down the Seven Wastes with Jeff Kaas

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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

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GA 211 | How to Navigate a Kaizen Journey with Jeff Kaas 
Kaas Tailored

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What Do You Think?
Which of the examples resonates with you the most?

May 23 2019

40mins

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Rank #10: GA 211 | How to Navigate a Kaizen Journey with Jeff Kaas

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This week's guest is Jeff Kaas, President of Kaas Tailored and Lead Consultant at Truth Bit Pull Consulting. Jeff described how he discovered kaizen, how it changed his company, and more. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

Jeff's background (1:59)
About Jeff's company (5:38)
Why a business like his is rare (6:54)
Using "kaizen" over "lean" (7:37)
What they did (9:19)
The tipping point (12:20)
Speaking different languages (18:09)
About the tours (20:10)
About Truth Bit Pull (22:30)
The area of continuous improvement Jeff struggles with (28:55)
The best advice Jeff has ever received (31:17)
What Jeff is most proud of (32:42)
Battling the temptation of vanity (33:52)

Podcast Resources

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Truth Bit Pull
Kaas Tailored 

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What Do You Think?
How did you discover lean/kaizen/continuous improvement?

Apr 19 2018

37mins

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Rank #11: GA 252 | Standard Work in the Office with Steve Ansuini

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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

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Steve on LinkedIn

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What Do You Think?
Have you used standard work in an office setting?

Jan 31 2019

43mins

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Rank #12: GA 282 | Toyota Kata and Scientific Thinking with Mike Rother

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This week we're sharing a keynote by Mike Rother. Recorded at KataCon5, Mike stresses the value of scientific thinking and Toyota Kata, touching on specific tools like deliberate practice as well. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn: 

What Toyota Kata is all about (1:32)
The research findings (4:01)
The four basic steps (7:55)
The power of scientific thinking (9:19)
The cross exercise (16:45)
Making the plan (23:06)
Acquiring this way of thinking (24:15)
Using deliberate practice (26:10)
Transforming your culture from a neuroscience perspective (30:36)
Starter kata (33:01)
The two errors they see with kata (35:28)

Podcast Resources

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Mike's Keynote on Youtube
Our New KataCon5 Course

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What Do You Think?
Do you have any experience with Toyota Kata? What are your thoughts?

Aug 29 2019

41mins

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Rank #13: GA 232 | How to Embrace the Higher Calling of Lean with Kevin Hancock

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This week we're sharing a moving keynote by CEO Kevin Hancock from the 2018 Lean Systems Summit. It's impossible not to be inspired by Kevin's refreshing take on lean and it's true value. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

Kevin's favorite question (1:43)
The meaning and purpose of work (3:40)
About trees (5:18)
The gift Kevin's disorder has given him (7:05)
Feeling engaged at work (11:50)
Why the customer comes second (15:07)
The importance of metrics (18:56)
A debunked myth (23:07)
The themes that separate culture (26:05)
The seven habits of leadership (27:16)
Putting the work back in its place (32:31)
What we should do with the increased capacity (33:07)

Podcast Resources

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Hancock Lumber

AME San Diego 2018
Join us in San Diego from October 29th to November 1st for the 2018 International AME Conference. From incredible keynote speakers, to small group discussions, to simply networking with other continuous improvement practitioners, this is truly a powerful conference you won't want to miss.

Use promo code "Gemba10" for 10% off your registration. Learn more here.

Join us for our annual cocktail party at Sally's Fish House & Bar on Tuesday, October 30th. RSVP here.
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What Do You Think?
How would you describe the true value of lean?

Sep 13 2018

40mins

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Rank #14: GA 212 | How to Combine TWI, Kata, and a Kaizen Event with Brandon Brown

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This week's guest is Brandon Brown. Brandon explained how he and his team have combined elements of TWI, kata, and kaizen events into a unique and effective learning system. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

Brandon's background (2:47)
An overview of Toyota Kata (4:57)
About the "Get Better Jump Start" approach (9:09)
The role of target conditions (16:30)
An example (18:55)
What's been difficult (21:21)
Brandon's conference takeaways (24:36)
Brandon's final words of wisdom (28:01)

Podcast Resources

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Continuous Coaching Commitment 
Continuous Coaching Commitment on LinkedIn
Brandon on LinkedIn
Brandon's Email

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What Do You Think?
Have you ever incorporated different lean methodologies into one approach? How so?

Apr 26 2018

32mins

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Rank #15: GA 261 | Building the Habit of Excellence with James Clear

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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

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Atomic Habits
James' Website

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What Do You Think?
How do you go about developing good habits or breaking bad ones?

Apr 04 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #16: GA 253 | Building a Strong Lean Foundation with Mohamed Saleh

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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

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Mohamed on LinkedIn

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What Do You Think?
What aspects of Hartford HealthCare's journey resonates with you? Why?

Feb 07 2019

44mins

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Rank #17: GA 199 | How to Understand Your Current Condition with Drew Locher

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This week's guest is Drew Locher. Drew explained a huge issue in continuous improvement...rushing into countermeasures before taking the time to investigate and understand the current condition. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

Drew's background (1:31)
The article Drew wrote (3:49)
Understanding the two katas (15:04)
The role of "go see" in grasping the current condition (17:41)
The appropriate countermeasure (22:34)
Establishing purpose or a target condition (26:20)
Getting the facts (32:41)
The one thing Drew would do differently (35:01)
What's next for the lean movement (36:40)
The one thing Drew would want everyone to focus on (43:01)

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Drew's Article 
Drew's Bio
Drew on Twitter
Drew's Website 
Drew's YouTube Channel 
The Complete Lean Enterprise
Value Stream Mapping for Lean Development 
Lean Office and Service Simplified 
Unleashing the Power of 3P

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How do you approach getting the facts, understanding the current condition, etc?

Jan 25 2018

49mins

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Rank #18: GA 221 | How to Think Scientifically with Stephen Derksen

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This week's guest is Stephen Derksen. Ron and Stephen discussed Toyota Kata and learning how to think in a scientific manner. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

Stephen's background (2:44)
About Barkman Concrete (5:03)
Lean in Canada (5:39)
Barkman's CI journey (7:41)
What CME is and how they've helped (11:16)
How they discovered Toyota Kata (12:35)
Their first experiment (16:49)
The progress they made (19:34)
The Dreyfus model (21:13)
Where they are today (23:18)
How their leadership style has changed (25:40)
The connection to the backwards bicycle (31:56)
Some of the lessons he's learned (34:48)
Advice he would give his younger self (36:44)
Who Stephen would shadow (37:58)
What Stephen is most proud of (39:09)
Stephen's final words of wisdom (40:07)

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Stephen on LinkedIn 
The Backwards Bicycle
Barkman Concrete

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Do you use scientific thinking? How?

Jun 28 2018

42mins

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Rank #19: GA 290 | The Danger of Being Right with Thomas Frase

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This week's guest is Thomas Frase. Ron and Thomas discussed why you should be careful being right, and some of the best ways to positively influence and connect with people. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn: 

The quote that inspires Thomas (3:27)
Thomas's background (4:14)
The breakout session Thomas recently led (6:52)
How "being right" can hurt your career (8:27)
Keeping your expertise in check (10:23)
A better approach (13:50)
Observing body language patterns (17:02)
Stressing benefits over features (19:10)
Empowering the workforce (26:06)

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Thomas on LinkedIn

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What Do You Think?
How else can you keep expertise and "being right" in check?

Oct 24 2019

33mins

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