GA 080 | Leadership in Sustaining a Kaizen Culture with Mike Wroblewski

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Today’s guest is Mike Wroblewski, lean consultant and longtime friend of Gemba Academy. This episode is the audio recording of a fascinating presentation Mike gave at Lean Frontiers’ Summit on Lean Leadership, which the GA team recently attended.  An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

 

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 In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Which companies do the best at creating a kaizen culture (4:57)
  • Why the tools aren’t everything (5:33)
  • What “sustain” means in this context (6:17)
  • The problem Mike sees when he goes to facilities (12:53)
  • Why daily practice matters in business (14:28)
  • The question Mike asks the leaders he coaches (18:33)
  • The importance of finding your unique path (23:50)
  • A lesson Mike learned from his first sensei, Shigeo Shingo (24:21)
  • The difference between a mentor and a coach (31:00)

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