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92 Ratings
Average Ratings
78
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6
3
3

Very helpful

By WILCO_WATER - Feb 15 2017
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Listening to episodes now.

Great Show

By Gostarenergy - May 30 2014
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I see you do not have to be a ceo to get alot out of this podcast, thank you so much
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Rank #1: GA 173 | How to Use A3 Thinking with Katie Anderson

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This week's guest is Katie Anderson, a continuous improvement consultant and coach. Katie and Ron discussed Japanese culture and the versatility of A3 thinking. Katie also shared a "State of the Union" address on lean in the west. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.
In this episode you'll learn:

The quote that inspires Katie (3:38)
Katie's background (6:57)
What brought Katie to Japan (8:41)
The lessons Katie learned (10:18)
About an article Katie wrote (12:01)
What "intention" means to Katie (16:42)
Using A3 thinking (19:55)
Some examples (23:16)
A "State of the Union" on lean in the west (25:38)
What "Respect for People' means to Katie (31:28)
The best advice Katie has ever received (32:36)
What Katie is most proud of (34:24)
Katie's book recommendations (35:13)
The knowledge or skill area Katie wants to improve (36:10)
Katie's final words of wisdom (38:11)

Podcast Resources

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Katie's Planet Lean Article 
The Lean Strategy
Katie's Website
Katie's Bonus Content for GA Podcast Listeners
Katie on LinkedIn
Katie on Twitter

Join Us at AME Boston
The 2017 International AME Conference is taking place in Boston from October 9th to the 13th. Come meet the Gemba Academy team and experience the world's largest lean and continuous improvement conference.

Use promo code Gemba10 to receive 10% off your registration. Learn more here.
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What Do You Think?

Have you ever used A3 thinking in a personal improvement context? How else can A3 thinking be used?

Jul 27 2017

42mins

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Rank #2: GA 144 | How to Apply Toyota Kata with Amy Mervak

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This week's guest is Amy Mervak, Chief Quality and Compliance Officer at Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Ron and Amy talked about Toyota Kata, and how she and her team have been able to apply it. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.
In this episode you'll learn:

The quote that inspires Amy (2:54)
Amy's background and what she's up to (4:04)
How Amy was first exposed to Toyota Kata (5:02)
What Amy is going to be talking about at the upcoming conference (6:28)
About Toyota Kata (8:31)
Examples of how it can be applied (11:01)
The target conditions that were set (17:21)
Who was involved, and if there was conflict (18:20)
The five questions of Coaching Kata (19:59)
What "Respect for People" means to Amy (23:21)
The best advice Amy has ever received (24:19)
What Amy is most proud of as it relates to lean (25:09)
A book Amy read this year (26:07)
The skill or knowledge area Amy wants to improve (27:33)
Amy's final words of wisdom (28:24)

Podcast Resources

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3-Minute Journal 

Register for the Upcoming TWI and Kata Summits
Join continuous improvement practitioners from all over in San Diego on February 21-22, 2017 for the annual TWI Summit and KataCon, the Kata Summit.

Register using promo code "Gemba" and receive 10% off!

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What Do You Think?
Have you used Toyota Kata? Share your experience(s).

Jan 05 2017

30mins

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Rank #3: 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 #4: GA 183 | How to Approach Lean with Michael Ballé

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This week's guest is Michael Ballé. Michael recently co-authored a new book, The Lean Strategy. Ron and Michael discussed the contents of the book and why the idea of lean as a strategy is so controversial. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

Michael's background (5:41)
The quote that inspires Michael (10:39)
The thinking behind The Lean Strategy (11:38)
Why this idea is such a "hot button" issue (18:40)
What people miss when it comes to lean (23:43)
The changes the authors would make (30:19)
Michael's favorite chapter (33:07)
The best way to read The Lean Strategy (34:16)
Other books Michael recommends (34:58)

Podcast Resources

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The Lean Strategy 
The Lean Strategy on Amazon
Michael's Masterclass 
Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst 
Michael on LinkedIn
Michael on Twitter
Michael's Email

Join Us at AME Boston
The 2017 International AME Conference is taking place in Boston from October 9th to the 13th. Come meet the Gemba Academy team and experience the world's largest lean and continuous improvement conference. Use promo code Gemba10 to receive 10% off your registration. Learn more here.

We're also having our annual AME cocktail party, and this year the location is pretty spectacular. RSVP here.
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What Do You Think?

Is lean a strategy? Why or why not?

Oct 05 2017

40mins

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Rank #5: 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)

Podcast Resources

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Stephen on LinkedIn 
The Backwards Bicycle
Barkman Concrete

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What Do You Think?
Do you use scientific thinking? How?

Jun 28 2018

42mins

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Rank #6: 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 #7: GA 143 | Embracing the Fear of Failure with Ron Pereira

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This week is our last episode of 2016. Join Ron as he discusses failure, specifically our fear of it. Featuring an empowering message from Jocko Willink, a retired US Navy SEAL, this episode is a great way to kick off the new year. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.
In this episode you'll learn:

Why failure is an important topic to Ron (2:50)
What it means to fail (6:15)
Pivoting, and how it is an exception of sorts (7:20)
The fear of failure (8:16)
About Jocko Willink (10:01)
Jocko's message (11:21)
Why it's important to identify what failure means to you (17:52)
How to embrace failure (18:04)
A final message for wrapping up 2016 (19:01)

Podcast Resources

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Jocko Willink on Overcoming Fear
Jocko's YouTube Channel
Register for the Upcoming TWI and Kata Summits
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What Do You Think?
What is your take on failure? Are you afraid of it? How do you cope?

Dec 29 2016

21mins

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Rank #8: GA 184 | How to Become a Better Problem Solver with Kelly Moore

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This week's guest is Kelly Moore, longtime friend and customer of Gemba Academy. Ron and Kelly discussed problem solving and all the different ways you can approach it, including Toyota Kata, PDCA, and more. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

The quote that inspires Kelly (3:49)
Kelly's background (5:14)
How Kelly approaches problem solving (7:10)
The tools Kelly has seen used (8:35)
Why people fall into the A3 template "trap" (12:34)
Kelly's journey with her organization (14:20)
What's next for Kelly (22:27)
Developing coaches (23:25)
How to set a challenge (24:58)
How to set a target condition (27:07)
Advice for being a better problem solver (29:59)
What "Respect for People" means to Kelly (33:57)
The best advice Kelly has ever received (35:44)
An approach that didn't turn out as expected (37:24)
Advice Kelly would give her younger self (38:48)
What Kelly is most proud of as it relates to lean (40:40)
Kelly's book recommendations (43:31)
The knowledge or skill area Kelly feels she needs to improve (47:32)
Final words of wisdom (49:15)

Podcast Resources

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Kelly on LinkedIn 
Lead With Respect
Developing Lean Leaders at All Levels 
Operational Excellence in Your Office 

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What Do You Think?

How do you approach problem solving? What has and hasn't worked for you?

Oct 12 2017

50mins

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Rank #9: GA 230 | How to Become a Six Sigma Black Belt with Md Hasan

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This week's guest is one of our Six Sigma Black Belt recipients, Md Hasan. Ron and Md discussed his background, the process of becoming certified, SMED, and more. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

Md's favorite quote (1:39)
His background (3:01)
His work experience (7:03)
Md's "Why?" (9:48)
About his black belt project (11:51)
What Md learned (18:42)
Md's advice for the certification program (29:19)
The direction of the CI movement (33:15)
The best advice he's ever received (35:54)
What Md is most proud of (37:34)
Md's final words of wisdom (39:00)

Podcast Resources

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Md on LinkedIn

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.
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What Do You Think?
Have you ever completed a CI-related certification program, Six Sigma or otherwise? What role do certifications play in our journeys?

Aug 30 2018

42mins

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Rank #10: 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 #11: 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)

Podcast Resources

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

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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

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Kata in the Classroom 
Escaping the Build Trap
KataCon5
Learning to See
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What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on kata in the classroom? Have you participated in something like this?

Dec 06 2018

20mins

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Rank #13: GA 193 | How to Leverage Pull Learning with Steve Cole and Carl Sanders-Edwards

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This week's guests are Steve Cole and Carl Sanders-Edwards. Steve and Carl explained pull learning, including what it means and why it's so effective. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

The quotes that inspire Steve and Carl (3:03)
Steve's background (4:17)
Carl's background (5:05)
What they're up to these days (6:58)
How pull learning works in a learning environment (9:10)
The framework (16:59)
Mistakes they have made (24:31)
The future of learning (28:11)
What "Respect for People" means to them (32:22)
The best advice they have ever received (34:39)
What they're most proud of (35:09)
The books they recommend (38:33)
Final words of wisdom (39:53)

Podcast Resources

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The Work of Management
Sapiens
Adeption
Isaac Asimov Interview
Jumpshift
The DIY Approach
Carl on LinkedIn
Steve on LinkedIn

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What Do You Think?

What are your thoughts on the "pull" approach to learning?

Dec 14 2017

42mins

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Rank #14: GA 196 | How to Name Lean with Tracey and Ernie Richardson

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This week's guests are Tracey and Ernie Richardson. Tracey and Ernie explained a question they asked on LinkedIn recently regarding the "lean" label and what other words might suit this incredible movement. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

What Tracey and Ernie are up to (1:51)
The question they asked on LinkedIn (4:53)
Why they asked it (6:24)
What they learned from the responses (7:48)
What surprised them (9:06)
The top phrases used (10:23)
The names they would have suggested (12:03)
Whether or not the term "lean" is here to stay (16:38)
The universal definition of lean (18:50)
Reflecting on 2017 (21:01)
About their book, The Toyota Engagement Equation (25:02)
What's new for Tracey and Ernie (27:45)

Podcast Resources

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Tracey's Post on LinkedIn 
The Toyota Engagement Equation

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What Do You Think?

If you could rename lean, what word would you choose?

Jan 04 2018

32mins

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Rank #15: 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 #16: GA 287 | The Wheel of Sustainability with Adam Lawrence

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This week’s guest is Adam Lawrence. Adam explained the Wheel of Sustainability model he developed to help individuals and organizations sustain their improvement efforts. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • The Shigeo Shingo quote that inspires Adam (2:25)
  • Adam’s background and what he’s up to these days (3:27)
  • Why Adam is so focused on sustainability (6:29)
  • Adam’s model and how he developed it (8:30)
  • A review of the steps (17:03)
  • How Adam teaches using this model (20:03)
  • The emotional side of lean (28:26)
  • Practical tips for sustaining lean (30:45)

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Which component of the model resonates with you the most?

Oct 03 2019

34mins

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Rank #17: GA 147 | How to Succeed at Value Stream Mapping with Beau Keyte

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This week's guest is Beau Keyte, an author and performance improvement coach with an impressive background. Ron and Beau discussed both editions of The Complete Lean Enterprise, the evolution of Value Stream Mapping, and more. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.
In this episode you'll learn:

The quote that inspires Beau (3:23)
Beau's background (5:01)
What drove Beau to write the first edition (7:25)
Why Beau wrote the second edition (10:16)
About engagement (1205)
What changes to Value Stream Mapping Beau has observed (14:41)
What Beau has learned that improves the concepts from a mechanical perspective (1818)
Examples of socialization (20:38)
The future of Value Stream Mapping according to Beau (25:14)
What "Respect for People" means to Beau (28:16)
The best advice Beau has ever received (30:17)
A project that failed and what Beau learned (32:06)
What Beau is most proud of as it relates to lean (33:29)
A book Beau enjoyed a few years back (34:28)
The knowledge or skill area Beau feels he needs to improve (35:40)
Beau's final words of wisdom (37:09)

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The Complete Lean Enterprise: Second Edition

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What is your approach to Value Stream Mapping?

Jan 26 2017

40mins

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Rank #18: GA 159 | Lean and Profitability with Jim Lancaster

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Today's guest is Jim Lancaster, CEO of Lantech. Ron and Jim discussed Lantech's fascinating history and lean journey, including the obstacles they've faced over the years. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.
In this episode you'll learn:

The quote that inspires Jim (4:02)
Jim's background (4:49)
What it was like growing up at Lantech (8:24)
About Lantech's lean journey (11:54)
The role of profitability (14:13)
How the recession affected this management system (25:45)
Why Jim wrote his new book, The Work of Management (32:18)
What the title means (33:49)
Advice for reading the book (34:52)
What "Respect for People" means to Jim (36:41)
The best advice Jim has ever received (39:36)
A story about Jim's dad, Pat Lancaster (41:04)
What Jim is most proud of as it relates to lean (43:01)
Books that Jim recommends (44:53)
The knowledge or skill area Jim feels he needs to improve (46:05)

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Jim on LinkedIn

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What kind of role has profitability played in you and/or your organization's lean journey?

Apr 20 2017

48mins

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Rank #19: GA 192 | How to Use Visual Management with Julie Lushbough

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This week's guest is Julie Lushbough. Julie works for Hallmark and shared her lean journey with us, including her experience using visual management. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

A quote that inspires Julie (2:42)
Julie's background (3:59)
What Julie is working on (6:05)
Where Julie's lean journey started (9:06)
The problem she and her team are trying to solve with visual management (9:56)
How they started (13:20)
Using colors (14:40)
Some of the challenges involved (17:28)
How often they meet (20:46)
The results (22:05)
Julie's advice (24:09)
What "Respect for People" means to Julie (26:28)
The best advice Julie has ever received (28:24)
What Julie is most proud of as it relates to lean (29:33)
Final words of wisdom (32:01)

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How do you/have you use(d) visual management?

Dec 07 2017

34mins

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Rank #20: 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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How would you define lean, success, and/or strategy?

Mar 29 2018

58mins

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