GA 128 | How to Implement Lean Efforts That Last with Amanda Culver

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Today’s guest is Amanda Culver. Amanda has over 10 years of experience with Lean and Six Sigma, especially as it applies to Pharmaceuticals. She shared a lot of valuable insight with us, including her take on why organizations struggle to sustain their continuous improvement efforts. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Amanda’s background and how she first learned about continuous improvement (3:03)
  • The quotes that inspire Amanda (5:19)
  • Why companies struggle to sustain lean (6:18)
  • Advice for those starting out (8:42)
  • How to get senior level management on board (12:22)
  • What Amanda is most proud of (16:26)
  • What “Respect for People” means to Amanda (17:22)
  • The best advice Amanda has ever received (18:20)
  • Amanda’s personal productivity habit (19:18)
  • What has surprised Amanda in the last year (21:20)
  • What Amanda does to recharge and refocus (22:42)
  • The knowledge area or skill Amanda feels she needs to improve (23:35)

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