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 that inspire Edward (2:38)
  • Edward’s background and how he first learned about continuous improvement (4:58)
  • What an average day looked like as a Process Engineer (7:18)
  • The problems Edward encountered (7:55)
  • The events Edward and his team did (9:03)
  • How they did line balancing (10:30)
  • What the lean structure looked like at first (14:33)
  • About consulting, and what Edward is up to these days (18:48)
  • The difference between single and multi-site lean implementations (19:56)
  • Edward’s favorite type of work (22:01)
  • What “Respect for People” means to Edward (22:49)
  • The best advice Edward has ever received (23:28)
  • An experiment or project that didn’t turn out as planned (24:44)
  • What Edward is most proud of regarding his lean journey (27:39)
  • A book Edward enjoyed reading (28:27)
  • A skill or knowledge area Edward feels he needs to improve (28:48)
  • Edward’s final words of wisdom (30:29)

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What Do You Think?

Can you relate to any of Edward’s experiences? Any similar projects?