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GA 195 | How to Manage a Career Change with Thomas Frederick

This week’s guest is Thomas Frederick. Tom explained what it was like to switch careers from teaching/coaching to healthcare, applying lean along the way. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that inspires Tom (4:50) Tom’s background (6:25) His

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We Have the Highest Quality Standards

My career in the field of lean thinking got started twenty-four years ago while helping Japanese consultants communicate with their American clients. There were occasions when it was as much an education in cultural differences and communication as in the workings of the Toyota Production System. One week there were

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GA 193 | How to Leverage Pull Learning with Steve Cole and Carl Sanders-Edwards

This week’s guests are Steve Cole and Carl Sanders-Edwards. Steve and Carl explained pull learning, including what it means and why it’s so effective. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quotes that inspire Steve and Carl (3:03) Steve’s background

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Lead with Virtue, Bind with Ritual

Confucius is credited with many insights into human nature and moral governance by his followers who recorded his teachings. They still influence culture and society in many Asian countries today.  Confucius observed “lead with virtue, bind with ritual”. This passage from Analects seems appropriate for our times. It is supported

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Preparing for Reflection

“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.” – John Dewey I’ve written before about how I’ve worked hard to develop a practice of reflection… daily, monthly, and annually.  In doing so I’ve become convinced it is one of the most effective tools of effective leaders. 

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Top 10 Gemba Academy Blog Articles in 2017

As another year winds down it’s always fun to reflect back on the year that was.  So, in this article, I want to look back on the top Gemba Academy blog articles from 2017.  Perhaps we’ll look at the top podcasts in another article. First up are the top ten

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GA 191 | How to Reflect on the Roles of Fear and Love in Continuous Improvement with Renée Smith

This week’s guest is Renée Smith, a Lean Transformation Services Director for the State of Washington. Renée shared her fascinating findings on fear, love, and their roles in continuous improvement. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that inspires

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