GA 146 | How to Innovate with Geoff Cox

This week’s guest is Geoff Cox, a Production Manager for a high-tech laser measurement company. Ron and Geoff talked about innovation, specifically how Geoff and his team go about generating and implementing new ideas. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:

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To Close an Engagement Gap, Bust Out a Myth

We think of myths as commonly-held ideas or beliefs that are in fact not true. We even watch as Myth-busters test out and disprove popular myths. Why then would myths be the key to saving the world? Before myths were false, they were traditional stories that explained the world and our place in

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A Time to Read and Reflect

It’s that time of the year when we reflect on the past and plan for the future.  An arbitrary time, which has always bothered me.  We should really be doing this in a continual fashion.  I try, with daily, monthly, and quarterly reflection, but I’ll admit that the end of

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GA 145 | How to Grow as a Lean Leader with Edward Gemin

This week’s guest is Edward Gemin, a lean consultant with a background in the automotive and appliance industries. Ron and Edward discussed Edward’s lean journey, including past projects and other lean experiences. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quotes

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The Political Economy of Fitness

As often happens this time of year, the Wall Street Journal editorialized on the physical fitness (or lack thereof) of Americans with a brief history of humankind’s desperate attempts to stay fit. In essence, the article demonstrates that the social and environmental conditions in the past required us to keep our

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The Obstacle is the Way

Our actions may be impeded, but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting. The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. -Marcus

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How to Convince Someone, or Not

Have you ever noticed that when you present people with facts that are contrary to their deepest held beliefs they always change their minds? Me neither. So begins a Scientific American article on how to convince someone when facts fail. The author explains that two phenomena, cognitive dissonance and the backfire effect,

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GA 142 | How to Engage People with Jess Orr

This week’s guest is Jess Orr,  a Six Sigma Black Belt at WestRock, a large packaging company. Ron and Jess discussed Jess’s Toyota background and the importance of employee engagement. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that inspires Jess

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