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Today’s guest is Sam MacPherson, former Chief of Training for the U.S. Army Special Forces, specifically the Green Berets. Sam currently serves as the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Lean Leadership Academy, based in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Sam and I discussed the similarities between the Green Beret training process and the process of developing a lean skill set. From Toyota to the U.S. Army, Sam’s diverse background creates a fresh approach to the lean principles we all know and love.
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In this episode you’ll learn:
- Sam’s background and what he’s up to these days (2:25)
- What it was like to work with the legendary Dr. Shigeo Shingo (4:57)
- The quote that inspires Sam (6:44)
- Sam’s relationship with the U.S. Army and the Green Berets (8:23)
- How Sam connected the U.S. Army, the Green Berets, and Toyota (12:28)
- What the Green Berets look for in a leader (18:38)
- How Green Beret training compares to training lean leaders (23:12)
- How the Green Berets continually cultivate leadership skills (26:52)
- What employers can expect from Special Forces members(31:06)
- What “Respect for People” means to Sam (34:29)
- The best advice Sam has ever received (35:51)
- Sam’s personal productivity habit (36:56)
- The one thing that always surprises Sam (38:22)
- What Sam does to recharge and refocus (39:38)
- The lean-related skill Sam feels he needs to improve (41:07)
- Sam’s final words of wisdom (44:47)
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- Sam’s Email
- Sam on LinkedIn
- Lean Leadership Academy on Facebook
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