Going Out of Our Minds with Lean Thinking

The expression, “walk a mile in their shoes before judging them,” means gaining understanding or empathy for another person’s experience or point of view. It’s mainly a mental exercise. But there are many practical applications of this in the continuous improvement field. I was reminded of this by an article

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GA 367 | The Dichotomies of Continuous Improvement with Ron Pereira

This week’s guest is Ron Pereira. Ron discussed two books by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, specifically their teachings on dichotomies and balance. Inspired by this, Ron described three of the dichotomies he’s observed in continuous improvement. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In

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Uncovering New Perspectives

We often talk about the importance of getting “out of the box” to supposedly free ourselves of bias and be better at making informed decisions and capitalize on new opportunities.  In reality, we often just barely ease ourselves out of the box and happily exist in the shadow cast by

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GA 366 | Implementing a Lean Daily Management System with Liam O’Malley

This week’s guest is Liam O’Malley. Liam shared his continuous improvement journey with us, specifically his experience with Lean Daily Management Systems. Liam explained the benefits and offered some great advice for those getting started. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode

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Addressing Toyota Kata’s Counting Problem

Toyota Kata is the name Mike Rother gave to the set of routines used at the company to teach and practice scientific thinking. There are two practice patterns,  the improvement kata for the learner and the coaching kata for the coach. They are always practiced together, hand in hand. Often,

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GA 365 | Adopting a Growth Mindset with Nik Kottha

This week’s guest is Nik Kottha. Ron and Nik covered several important topics, including what Nik has learned from yoga, what excellence means to him, and where his passion comes from. Nik also stressed the importance of coaching. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

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Blog Writing Experiment

Since 2003, I’ve been putting my thoughts on kaizen, lean, continuous improvement, and related topics down in blog posts. For the past five years it’s been on a weekly cadence. My deadline is Monday at 4:59 AM Pacific Time. In theory, this gives me all week to write five hundred

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Did Standardized Work Originate Thousands of Years Ago?

Armies around the world and throughout history have many common practices and traditions. One practice, in particular, started thousands of years ago and is deeply rooted in what we today would characterize as Lean practices. This practice is marching. What Problem are We Trying to Solve? In early times, armies

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