The Value of Muda

I found some wisdom in a surprising place, on the theme of lean thinking, learning, value, and muda. Ichiro Suzuki is a very successful professional baseball player who at age 44 has played the game for 25 years and intends to play into his 50s if allowed. He made some

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GA 197 | How to Use Continuous Improvement in Untraditional Settings with Veronica Silva

This week’s guest is Veronica Silva. Veronica shared some great stories of how she’s used continuous improvement in all different kinds of settings, including bartending and banking. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Veronica’s background (1:44) Veronica’s training days (3:41)

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The Secret to Your Success in 2018

Did you make a New Year’s resolution?  Come clean.  Did you?  If so, I’m sad to say, you’re probably going to fail.  In fact, University of Scranton research suggests that just 9% of people achieve their New Year’s goals. Sure, these folks probably didn’t make SMART goals meaning they were

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GA 195 | How to Manage a Career Change with Thomas Frederick

This week’s guest is Thomas Frederick. Tom explained what it was like to switch careers from teaching/coaching to healthcare, applying lean along the way. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that inspires Tom (4:50) Tom’s background (6:25) His

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GA 194 | How to Teach the Art of Continuous Improvement with Attila Dobai

This week’s guest is Attila Dobai. Attila’s background is in the service industry, and he shared some of his stories with us…specifically about the people-side of continuous improvement. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that inspires Attila (3:01)

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We Have the Highest Quality Standards

My career in the field of lean thinking got started twenty-four years ago while helping Japanese consultants communicate with their American clients. There were occasions when it was as much an education in cultural differences and communication as in the workings of the Toyota Production System. One week there were

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

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

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