GA 155 | Toyota Kata and the Power of Networking with Christopher Ferrier

This week’s guest is Christopher Ferrier, who we met up with at the TWI/KataCon conference in San Diego, California. Ron and Christopher talked about Toyota Kata, the power of networking, ultramarathons, and more. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: A

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GA 154 | The Real Meaning of Lean with Art Byrne

This week’s guest is Art Byrne, author and highly respected lean leader. Ron and Art discussed Art’s lean journey, including his days as CEO of Wiremold. You won’t want to miss this one! An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote

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Taiichi Ohno Interview Video Footage

This week I found a five-minute YouTube video excerpt featuring Taiichi Ohno. It is a television program about the revolutionary productivity Ohno achieved at Toyota. It is from the late 1980s. Taiichi Ohno is interviewed in what looks like his living room, interspersed with black-and-white footage from Toyota in the 1950s. Here are a

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Our Job Instruction Course is Available!

We’re really excited to announce that our Job Instruction (JI) course was soft launched this week.  I say “soft launch” because we’re still adding the course to our Learning System platform, but our Learning Library customers can now access the course. By the way, if you’re not currently a Gemba

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GA 153 | From Tiffany & Co. to Toyota with Josh Sanchez

This week’s guest is Josh Sanchez, a continuous improvement practitioner with a fascinating background. Josh worked for Tiffany & Co. before landing a job at Toyota, and is now transitioning into a healthcare role. Ron and Josh discussed what it’s like to practice continuous improvement in these different environments. An MP3 version

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Respect for People and Workbenches of the Mind

Lean cultures accomplish the most good with the least time and resource through continuous improvement and respect for people. Compared to continuous improvement, there is less evidence to prove that respect for people directly affects the bottom line. But we can now point to evidence that disrespect erodes performance. University of California,

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GA 152 | TWI, Kata, and Respect for People with Skip Steward and Brandon Brown

This week’s guests are Skip Steward and Brandon Brown. We had the pleasure of interviewing them while attending the KataCon/TWI Summits in San Diego. They both shared a lot of valuable insight with us regarding TWI, Kata, Respect for People, and more. An MP3 version of this episode is available for

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