GA 047 | Developing a Lean Ecosystem with David Mann

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Today’s guest is David Mann. David is the author of Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions, one of my all-time favorite lean books. We discussed lean production versus management systems and the best ways to keep your senior leaders engaged throughout your organization’s  lean journey.

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In this episode you’ll learn:

  • David’s background and what he’s up to nowadays (2:38)
  • The quote that inspires David (4:12)
  • Something you might not know about David’s book (6:42)
  • Whether lean production or lean management come first, and how they’re related (8:28)
  • Where organization should be focused first (14:04)
  • How to hold the interest of senior executives along your lean journey (18:42)
  • What “Respect for People” means to David (30:42)
  • The best advice David has ever received (31:44)
  • David’s personal productivity habit (32:59)
  • Something that surprised David in the past year (34:23)
  • What David does to recharge and refocus (35:39)
  • The skill David needs to improve to become a better lean leader (37:11)
  • David’s final words of wisdom (38:46)

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What Do You Think?

What comes first, lean production or lean management? Why?