Set Full Sail

  Getting started with lean in an existing organization is a challenge on many levels.  Often some of the most important steps in a lean journey are not recognized. A common place people think they start is with 5S.  It’s an excellent way to begin improvement practices and daily routines

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GA 220 | How to Ensure the Longevity of Your Lean Success with Mohamed Aref

This week’s guest is Mohamed Aref. Mohamed shared his lean journey with us, including his take on what makes a lean initiative stick, and what lean is like in Egypt. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Mohamed’s background (2:18) His

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How to Take a Trail, or Not

While shopping for gifts with my family this weekend, I noticed the store had many cards, mugs, printed items on the theme of, “Don’t follow the trail made by others but make your own.” This is spectacularly bad advice for national parks or when trekking through extreme climates. The “make

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GA 219 | How to Adopt the Best Mindset for Lean with Kyle Kumpf

This week’s guest is Kyle Kumpf. Kyle walked us through his lean journey thus far, explaining why it’s important to be critical on processes and not people. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Kyle’s background (3:08) How Kyle would define

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Wellness Programs and the Health of Continuous Improvement

Logical. Proven. Life-changing. These words equally describe successful health & wellness programs and continuous improvement programs. But do these programs really work in changing behaviors? Professors David Asch and Shreya Kangovi asked this question, and discuss their findings from their paper Behavioral Phenotyping in Health Promotion Embracing or Avoiding Failure, summarized in an

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A Simple Hand Gesture that is Key to Goal Alignment

Lean management aims to serve others by doing more with less, thereby sustainably reaping just rewards for such service. Among other things, this requires everyone in the organization to continuously improve products, processes, services and as a person. Transforming our thinking style from traditional  management thinking to lean is a

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GA 217 | How Gemba Academy Practices Lean with Leslie Moles and Jennifer Scott

This week’s guests are our own Leslie Moles and Jennifer Scott. Leslie and Jennifer shared what it’s like  practicing lean at Gemba Academy, specifically how we leverage Toyota Kata. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Their roles at Gemba Academy

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Instructions Aren’t Enough

During a recent airline emergency, cabin pressure was lost and the oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling.  Passengers donned the masks, but not quite as instructed. Mobile phone videos of the incident showed many passengers wearing the masks over their mouths, leaving their noses exposed to the thin air.  Breathing

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