GA 399 | Practicing Lean Accounting with Mike De Luca and Nick Katko

This week’s guests are Mike De Luca and Nick Katko. Together with Ron they discussed the concept of lean accounting, and what its advantages are over traditional cost accounting. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  Mike’s favorite quote (4:16)

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Rediscovering the Taste of Toast

This week I had the opportunity to abstain from food for a couple of days for medical reasons. This wasn’t my first experience with fasting. The couple of times I did when I was much younger, I didn’t enjoy it. I was more active, had more appetite, and less patience.

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GA 398 | Lean Storytelling Part Two with Adam Lawrence

This week’s guest is Adam Lawrence. Adam is back this week to tell a few more inspiring lean stories we didn’t get to last time. Be sure to check out Episode 393 for Part One! An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode

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What’s Lean All About?

I’ve been working on refreshing and enhancing our learning resources related to Total Productive Maintenance, or TPM. People may be familiar with these letters as they appear in kaizen bursts on a value stream map. In this context, TPM is often shorthand for activities to reduce equipment downtime or even

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Thinking Beyond the Brain

I recently finished one of the more remarkable books I’ve read in a long time: The Extended Mind – The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain, by Annie Murphy Paul.  This is a well-researched (over 250 journal citations) yet very approachable book that goes far beyond the usual self-help advice

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GA 397 | Lean Leadership, Respect for People, and the Military with Michael Austin Giles

This week’s guest is Michael “Austin” Giles. Austin explained what it’s like to practice continuous improvement in the military and how military leadership is similar to lean leadership. He also shared a great anecdote about making mistakes. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this

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Going to Gemba Isn’t Sufficient

As I’ve mentioned before I’m one of several coaches for a high school football team here in Texas. Like just about every other high school football team (and many middle school teams) we film every game and carefully dissect each and every play with detailed notes for the players to

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GA 396 | The Barriers to Developing a Lean Culture with Sara Ann Todd

This week’s guest is Sara Ann Todd. Sara shared her thoughts on continuous improvement and organizational culture, specifically creating a culture of lean. She and Ron also discussed Respect for People, dealing with self-doubt, and more. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this

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Five Lean Questions for Rethinking Work

The pandemic has caused many people to rethink their relationship to work. A record number of older workers are retiring early. More mid-career people are starting their own businesses. Both new and veteran members of the workforce are taking longer stretches of time to reflect before accepting their next job.

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