GA 109 | How to Leverage Toyota Kata with Brandon Brown

Today’s guest is Brandon Brown, the owner of Continuous Coaching Commitment LLC and an associate with the W3 Group LLC. Brandon shared his knowledge of Toyota Kata with us, and explained how it complements TWI. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Brandon’s

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Lean Leaders, Darling Killers

Another very good article from Fast Company builds on the insights on how to change minds we highlighted in a previous blog post. The article further explains how the most successful people constantly question their strongest beliefs. It seems highly successful people are pragmatic and practical, not ideological There’s a funny paradox when it comes to

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Dance Your Way to Better Team Performance

During our monthly coaching conversation last week, one of my customers shared her latest challenges and successes in leading continuous improvement within her organization. To my surprise she added, “Also, my team and I signed up for dance lessons.” This is a bit unconventional as company-sponsored team building activity goes. But why not? A diverse

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To Be a Lean Coach, Know the Wrong Answers

The success of lean systems, and continuous improvement in general, relies on engaging the hands and brains of everyone in the upkeep and renewal of the system. It requires constant practice. It requires a strong will to compete and to not become complacent. Towards this end, the role of coach has

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Inspiring a Bias for Action

Jamie Parker practices Lean and is passionate about learning and sharing Lean leadership. She has 15 years’ experience in operations management / leadership across retail, service, and manufacturing environments. Jamie serves as an internal coach to her organization’s operations managers across the country while supervising P&L and operations management responsibilities

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GA 106 | How to Understand the Nature of Transformation

Today’s guest is Dr. Darlene Dumont, the Public Service Program Director for LEI, or Lean Enterprise Institute. Darlene shared some of the projects she’s worked on throughout her impressive career and explained the value of the Lean Transformation Framework in understanding your lean journey. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download

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A Break to Reflect and Unlearn

By Kevin Meyer Over the past few years I’ve been working hard on cultivating positive habits. New habits can be powerful. But habits can also create barriers that limit our perspective, which can hinder kaizen, creativity, and even our knowledge of ourselves. The proverbial “rut,” and we’ve all been there

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