Lean Literacy

Michael Ballé wrote a thoughtful reply to the question of what should be included in an MBA-level course to teach Lean concepts. It is a tough question because as Michael points out, there are some deep differences that must be reconciled between MBA thinking and Lean thinking. The LEI blog article

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GA 258 | Creating a Common Meaning with Billy Taylor

This week’s guest is Billy Taylor. Billy is a Senior Operations Executive at Goodyear and is known worldwide for his work in operational excellence. Also famous for his storytelling abilities, Billy shared some truly powerful anecdotes with us. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In

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GA 257 | Sharing the Power of Lean with Bill Kraus

This week’s guest is Bill Kraus. Recorded live at KataCon5, Bill and Ron talked all about Bill’s impressive background and what he’s learned about kata, leadership, and scientific thinking. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that inspires Bill

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The Limits of Learning From Failure

Experienced leaders know that failure is not necessarily a negative, and can lead to both individual and organizational learning.  We try to embrace failure and create a culture where appropriate failure is accepted as long as it’s learned from, giving our team members the space and support to fail.  That

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GA 256 | Reflecting on a Career in Continuous Improvement with Jon Miller

This episode is Part 2 of last week’s conversation with GA Co-Founder Jon Miller. Jon discussed his career thus far, sharing some of the valuable lessons he’s learned along the way. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Jon’s early days

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What is the Right Amount of Slack?

The Kraft Heinz company reported poor financial performance this past week, causing its stock price to dive more than 20%. It has lost nearly half of its value over the past year. A Wall Street Journal article said of Kraft’s management “cut costs relentlessly but failed to spend on new

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